Natacha is 21 years old. She is a quiet and determined young woman who is very happy with the opportunity to study at Onja. If she hadn’t been selected, she thinks her life would be very different. She reckons she would go from job to job, maybe in different towns, trying to save money to do courses and learn languages.
Natacha is from Andilanatoby, a village in the district of Ambatondrazaka. Apart from farming, there are hardly any jobs there. Still, after high school Natacha found work as a teacher for a year at a public primary school, where she received her salary in bags of rice. To add some money to her income she sold rice and chickens, going from door to door in her village. The chickens she got from her parents, who are farmers and who, besides breeding chickens, grow rice, peanuts, cassava and corn.
Before Natacha came to Onja, she wasn’t used to being called Natacha. At her village everybody calls her Volana, which is her first first name. It means ‘moon’. But at Onja she’s known by her other name, which is Natacha. She likes it though.
Natacha thinks it is very important to develop yourself. She wants to have a good job before getting married and having children. She wants to be independent and doesn’t like the idea of having to stay in the house without having a job.