Her father died when she was five years old. She has four brothers and four sisters who were to be looked after by their mother (a widow) who sells fish in the evening market in Mwanza. Her mother could not afford to look after them all so her sister, who lived in another village, took Elizabeth but still life was very difficult. The village leader visited the home and was very concerned about Elizabeth because sometimes she missed classes because she did not have exercise books, school uniforms, food, etc. He decided he could bring her to Bethany and ask Bethany to look after her if possible.