Folsom, 15, has six younger brothers and sisters at home. She sells cacao, polishes boots, and collects shoes she finds in the garbage to burn at home to help keep the house warm in the winter.
I can hear the whining of wind, and then the stove in my room turning off. I feel cold, but I continue gazing at the dark sky.
In front of the house is a large hill, where every morning a girl shepherded a flock of sheep. I could see her in the distance and hear her singing.
Born in Iran, Mahtab is a high school student in Afghanistan. She volunteers at Afghan Peace Volunteers teaching street children, and when she finishes her education she wants to work on behalf of women and build schools in Afghanistan.