> Uganda's slums can be tough. These women see their own toughness as a way out. They battle the hard conditions of the Kantanga slum in Uganda's capital, Kampala every day. But against the odds, they dream the glory of the ring and the winning prize money will propel them to a better life.
Lydia Nantale is 19. She is heading into the Rhino Club after work.>> I took up boxing after going to watch my friends Helen, Diana, and Maureen. They were boxing against Kenyans, and I really enjoyed the matches. At that time, my mother was sick and I needed money for her medical bills.
My friends told me boxing could change my life for the better.>> But the opportunities for female boxers are slim in Katanga. Often their fights are used as curtain-raisers before the men take over the ring. The women who train here, dream of boxing internationally. Yet find themselves faced with few opportunities to show off their skills.
But for these women, all bets are off until they box their way out of Katanga's squalor.