Meet Esther, the first female commercial pilot in Rwanda

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By Abigail Higgins

When Esther Mbabazi was 5, she looked up and watched an aeroplane cut across the sky. She thought to herself, “I want to be the one flying that plane.”

The fact that there were no female pilots in her native Rwanda—and never had been before— didn’t occur to her.

“You know what? I’m going to fly,” she said, “and that’s what motivated me my entire life, that idea I had as a young child.”

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