Mariyum Bibi, a mother of five, was widowed in 2010. She migrated with her family from her home in Jafferabad, Pakistan, to the neighboring district of Jacobabad.
There, she started to work in a brick kiln. Mariyum bought three donkeys with the last of her life savings to help with the backbreaking work in the kilns, but then she experienced the additional difficulty of finding food for her animals. Consequently, her donkeys had to forage for themselves, which led to complications and worm infestation.