Our Impact in Malawi
Growing up in her community in Lilongwe, Josophine Kalombola always felt different. Unlike her siblings, she had to take pills every day.
Not knowing why, Josephine often hid them or threw them away. In 2020, she became sick and went to the clinic where a nurse referred her to m2m. With the support of her Mentor Mother, Thoko, Josephine learned she had been born with HIV. Thoko helped her accept the news by introducing her to other young people like her at an m2m support group. Today, Josephine works for m2m as a Peer Mentor for adolescents. She is now the person giving hope to girls in her community—talking to them about the importance of understanding their status, ensuring they have access to sexual and reproductive health information, and serving as a role model for those who are fearful of the future or who are also living with HIV.