In Rwandese society there are three stages a couple has to go through in order to be married: a state wedding, a dowry ceremony and a church ceremony. Alphonsine and her partner had only gone through the state wedding stage before Alphonsine’s partner had left her, when she was in the early stages of pregnancy. “We went in to sign together and we agreed on sharing our legacy…the boy later went on to leave me. I had nothing.”
Alphonsine wanted to get part of what she owned but the authorities didn’t help her. She was in her first trimester of pregnancy when she went to see the cell’s authorities, who told the man to pay her. Despite this, the man failed to give her any financial support with which to raise their child.
“I went to a Haguruka office and they helped me so much. They helped me find justice, I gained my personal belongings. I received 15,000 Rwf of child support every month and all I can say is that Haguruka NGO was just a work of God”