Osman lives in the very poor fishing village of Tombo. Tombo is located on the western coastline and is a major hub for fish trade and transport. The town is known for its deeply religious Islamic faith. Because of the poor conditions and the bodies of water that surround Tombo, diseases such as Malaria, Typhoid and Cholera run rampant.
Osman lives with his uncle. His uncle is a fisherman and has large family responsibilities. Osman father died five years ago and his mother cannot take care of him. Because Osman's uncle has such a large family with many responsibilities, he cannot adequately provide food and other basic needs for his household. Osman has found work organizing fish to be dried in a fish building called Banda. In exchange for his work Osman either earns money or a portion of food.
Osman has never been to school. His desire is to go to school if he given the opportunity. Osman would like to become a pastor in the future.