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Latifa, 15, was sold into marriage by her parents to a man twice her age who took her away from her home to the Tanzania capital Dar es Salaam. There she lived with her new husband in small room in a brick house in one of the slums in the city. Her husband regulary beat her and forced her to have sex with him. She fell pregnant almost straight away and nine months later nearly died giving birth to her baby.

Two months after her daughter was born her husband abandoned her and she was forced to live on the streets and beg from the local market traders. She lived on the streets for two months until she was saved by a woman called Happy who let her come and live with her and her two sons. Six months on and things are looking brighter for Latifa, she makes a living trading in the market and has joined a Plan Savings Group.