This 12 year old boy lives in a family with two children. A few months ago, there were four of them, but the two youngest recently died of diarrhoea almost on the same day. His older brother, with all his effort, is still only in ninth grade despite being 18 years old. He pays his school fee and supports the family by selling flour three times a week at their father’s old shop. Their father dissapeared three years ago. Mamadou is very talented, but his older brother’s salary and the money earnt by her mother selling mush isn’t enough to pay for his education. He is very smart, well-organised, and has very neat handwriting.