Mama u Mtalane, 93, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
Now I have a voice
"My life before democracy was harsh. It was a life with no rights. I wasn't allowed to go to school, but now I can read and write, thanks to the government's literacy campaign.
"Living in a democracy, I can go to the doctor, I have a roof over my head, clean water, electricity, an income and I have a voice. The constitution is there to protect my rights.
Pension pays for grandson's university fees
"One of my most joyous moments is when I receive my pension, adding to the money I make from my traditional medicine. I can pay my grandson's university law fees. I also have an identity document.
Lead a healthy lifestyle so you live longer
"To the young women of today, I say, ‘You must be independent and work hard for your families and lead a healthy lifestyle so that you live longer like me.'"
Source: HelpAge International interview 2015