Born to a 15 year old, Esnus was raised by her grandmother, as her mother felt unable to raise a child. Esnus was told at the age of eight that her mother died in a car accident. Unable to continue schooling beyond 8th grade Esnus became a casual day laborer as a way to earn money. She went to live in a new town for work and met a man who promised to marry her. In 2013, she became a mother to Raphael, and was left to raise her son on her own, which lead her back to her grandmother's home. It was there that a village elder referred her to Neema.