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Hope Mbapaha was born in the northern part of Namibia, growing up in a fairly small town with her parents and two siblings.  Hope graduated high school in her hometown and moved to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia to attend a secretarial college.  In 2011 Hope came to Canada as a refugee, leaving behind Windhoek for the western world.  Although Hope was brought up with modern conveniences before leaving Namibia, her grandmother still lives in the bush and practices a traditional lifestyle much like those in the film. Hope currently volunteers at HIV Community Link, where she positioned herself upon arrival in Canada to expand her network and has become a permanent fixture amongst the African women who volunteer for the agency.