Adolescent girls have the potential to play a role as key agents of positive change for their families and wider communities. By investing in their economic potential through education and by delaying child marriage and teen pregnancy, issues such as HIV and AIDS can be resolved and the cycle of poverty can be broken.
The issue in Kenya is that this potential is so often never realized. Once children complete primary school, typically aged 12, education is no longer free. Therefore, it is common for families who have very little or no income to arrange for their daughters to be married soon after. Boys have a much greater chance of being put through school. Meanwhile, the married girls will stay at home with their husbands families, mostly unaware of their own potential and voice. They will mind the cows and goats, collect water, cook, go to market, and have babies.... and so the cycle continues.