Working Lives: Maputo

WATCH: Working Lives Maputo: Clotilde Matia talks about her job as one of Mozambique's three female train drivers

As Mozambique's economy grows, the railway system, dating from the early 20th Century, is key to the country's success.

The government has invested heavily in improving and expanding the rail network.

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This of course, means that more train drivers are needed. When Clotilde Matia told her brother she wanted to become a train driver, he was sceptical.

"He said that the only reason he was helping me to apply was to prove that women could not get a job like this," she recalls.

She proved her brother wrong and is now one of only three female train drivers in Mozambique. When she graduated at the top of her class, he proudly helped her celebrate.

She is also the main breadwinner for her 12-year-old daughter and her mother. They live in her mother's small house in one of the poorer neighbourhoods of Maputo.

At $300 (£197) a month, Clotilde's salary is better than most people in Mozambique, but it's still not enough.

As well as looking after her family she has dreams: "I'd like to build my own house and invest in my professional training."

And Clotilde encourages her daughter to study hard to find her own career.


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