Faya Milimono is 15 years old. He was born in Beyla in the south of the Republic of Guinea which is 473 miles from the capital city of Guinea (Conakry), less than 70 miles from the border between the Republic of Guinea and Ivory Coast.

When the civil war broke out in Ivory coast in 2011, many families feared for their lives in Beyla and started relocating to other cities nearby. Faya’s mother did not relocate, stayed in Beyla but decided to send Faya to live with his brother in Conakry.
At the age of 8, Faya joined his brother selling second-hand goods on the streets of Conakry to fend for their family. It was at the age of 15 that Faya first stepped into a classroom, he is now in primary 1 and missed his entire childhood education.

Despite taking Faya so long to start studying, he is very determined to study and help his brother sell second-hand goods after school hours in order afford the cost of his education.

Faya is hoping for a better future, he would like to be a teacher one day.