Eight years old in third grade at the time we met, Fatoumata lives in a family with four children. Her mother is a housewife, while her father is a truck driver who lost his job over a year ago. The family lives on loans provided by some of her father’s friends, but they don’t get a meal every day. Only her mother went to school, her father is illiterate. Fatoumata is a smart girl, her favourite subject is reading.