Martha was born in a traditional village in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). She and her sisters and brothers were raised in a mud hut by their mother, a woman illiterate but wise. "Eduation is the key," Martha's mother told her children. Martha escaped the poverty and patriarchy of Zimbabwe through schooling, strength of will, and careful planning. Though her story is unique, its themes of hard work, struggle, and success are universal. After a nursing degree in Ireland, Martha made her way to America, where she fulfilled her dream of business ownership.