Young Moms Know Best

Standing over the stove in the humid kitchen, peeling vegetables for her family’s lunch while her young daughter tugged at her jeans, Kayla told me that she wished she never met him. She was referring to her live-in partner, the father of her child who is still technically married to another woman, whom she first met when she was 15 and he 28. Now at 19, Kayla lives with him and her in-laws in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. She goes to school one day a week, on Saturdays, bringing her daughter Angela, while she works towards her high school diploma. She wants to be a pharmacist or journalist one day. Her more immediate ambition is to get a job, leave him, and start a new life with her daughter.