Girls and women in Kenya are disadvantaged economically and socially, with limited access to education as the primary factor. Without access to education, girls and women lack opportunities in wage sector employment and in political, economic and judicial decision making. In addition, limited education has mental and physical health consequences for women and their children. The major barriers to the education of girls are patriarchal cultural values and practices, with male privilege in all areas of life, including education. Girls are expected to prepare for marriage at a young age, especially in the rural areas, and parents and schools do not encourage girls to go or to stay in school. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), menstruation, early pregnancies, sexual violence, forced early marriage, dowries and childbirth, with labour intensive domestic chores, force girls out of school at an early age. This is compounded by poverty, expensive schools fees, long distance to schools and growing HIV/AIDS.
Wanza of Kithuia Village was expected to follow the path to marriage. Her educational future was compounded by the early death of her parents and limited economic resources. Through educational sponsorship, Wanza was able to complete high school and become the first female in her village to graduate from University.