Mukamana Theopista & Umuvandimwe Marie Claire

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Umuvandimwe Marie Claire looks up to Mukamana Theopista, and wants to hear about her friend's past in order to learn from her. When asked about what “was your happiest moment and what was your saddest moment,” Mukamana Theopista discusses growing up in poverty and moving through many tragedies into a positive present. She thanks God and her loving husband for supporting her through house fires, illness, and lost children. She encourages Umuvandimwe Marie Claire to be thankful for what she has and to have faith that she will have a good partner and strong marriage.

“My advice to her would first of all to be united with your partner. If you have a family that is close to you and supportive, that is a key element. This is also true for people who are not married: not being an outcast and having a support group is very important because when the tough times come they are there with you and offer advice. Someone cannot offer advice if they do not love you. So I would advise anyone and everyone to be united with the people around you because one pillar cannot hold a house and one head alone can only amount to folly.” Mukamana Theopista

“As someone who is planning on walking the same path, your advice is helping me make the right decisions. That is why I ask, in order to get your experience and wisdom in my life." Umuvanimwe Marie Claire

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