Living on Bussi Island, surrounded by Africa’s largest lake, it’s easy to feel isolated—especially if you’re a girl. Like most girls here, Dorothy married by 18, had a baby, dropped out of school, and had more babies. Within five years, she had five children. Dorothy delivered four of her babies at home, without electricity or a doctor to help. As soon as she recovered, she was pregnant again.
This Spring 2016 issue of Pathways explores how young mothers like Dorothy are exercising their sexual and reproductive rights—and taking control of their future.