Kulwa comes from a family where her parents decided to live together but were not officially married. Her father died and her mother went back to her home place called Bulima. There is no clue on what she does over there, perhaps she is remarried and have abandoned her children. Kulwa stayed to her grandmotherís who is very old. Because her mother never cared for them and even showed up to see how they were doing, this old lady approached Bujoraís childrenís home, who then contacted Bethany for assistance.