Although she is at the top of her class, Risper is studying in an educational system where girl characters are just beginning to appear in text books. Families that cannot afford school fees for all children often only pay for the boys. According to Dr. Agnes Kambira PhD, at Nairobi University, "traditionally the girl is thought of as a peanut seed, she enlarges the clan. The family prepares her for her husband, who prepares her for her child."

Risper is fortunate to come from a family where both parents work and can pay the school fees for all six children. But excelling in her primary and secondary schooling is still no guarantee that she will be able to continue her education. And there is less of a guarantee that there will be a job for her, a poor rural woman with a basic education.

Even at a young age, Risper understands this and knows that if she wants to achieve her dream of working for a television or radio station she has only one option - to study at a university abroad. Like many young Kenyans desperate to improve their lives, Risper hopes to go to the United States to study in a university. But competition is stiff and the scholarships are limited. And few can afford tuition and living expenses when the average Kenyan makes under $100 a month.