Yiamoi was pledged in marriage at the age of two. She was to be married in March 2007, just before her 13th birthday, but an uncle, a neighbor, and her brother stepped in to prevent the marriage after MGEF agreed to give her a scholarship. Yiamoi’s sister was married when she was just 11 years old. Her father, who is illiterate and jobless, has three wives and had been receiving dowry payments for Yiamoi for nine years, a debt he was unable to repay. The community agreed to raise the money to repay the debt so that Yiamoi could escape the marriage and go to school. In March 2007, at the age of 13, Yiamoi enrolled in school for the first time, and until 2010 her father continued the threat of carrying out the marriage so he could get the dowry payment. Now he calls regularly to see how she is doing and brags about his hardworking daughter.
Date of Birth: 03/12/1994
Started Program: 9 years 10 weeks ago
Start Grade: 1st Grade (Class 1)
Current Grade: 7th Grade (Class 7)
School: Olkiramatian Primary School