Hzbalem was born in a very poor family in the countryside and her mother died when she was very young.
She has faced many challenges in trying to access an education. She has attended school for half a day and has looked for any kind of work in the other half of the day in order to have money to survive.
She did well in her grade 12 National exams and now has a place at Gonder University where she is studying Social Sciences.
It has been agreed to support her with 600 Birr per month.