Lineo Matlakala

2019 Fellowship Alumna, Lesotho

An Arts-Based Approach to Reproductive Health Education

I had a vision… but I didn’t really know where to start, who to consult, who to partner with. I needed to contribute in creating a generation of girls who can make informed decisions.”

Makhosi Exinia “Lineo Matlakala” Ntsalong, 2019 Fellowship Alumna, Lesotho
A woman in a blue and white striped top speaks behind a podium

When she realized that the majority of her female students at the Agritech Institute of Lesotho were becoming pregnant and dropping out of school, 2019 Fellowship Alumna Makhosi Exinia “Lineo Matlakala” Ntsalong of Lesotho knew she had to do something. In 2013, Lineo started the Barali Foundation, a non-profit organization whose name translates to “daughters,” to educate women and girls in rural villages about sexual and reproductive health and rights because she knew that this knowledge is central to a woman’s ability to make informed life choices.

Learn more about her work in this piece from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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