In this photo, Maria washes clothes to earn an income to feed her children and provide them shelter after her husband disappeared and left them with nothing.

She found hope when she joined a CARE group. "I participated in all meetings of the group and transferred what I learned about women's and children's rights and family law to other women as we washed people's clothes," she said. "I learned that a woman is not helpless; a woman is the key to her own development when she is aware and supported."

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Photo credits: 2010 Mazari Waziri/CARE