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A new house and venturing into livestock keeping are top of my priorities once I receive this money. At the moment, I live in a grass-thatched house together with my family of 5. This house is small and it can not accommodate us. I have desired to construct a decent house but due to financial constraints, this has never been possible. Receiving this money means realizing my dreams. I plan to construct a 2-roomed iron-roofed house to relieve me from the expenses of changing the grass roof. In total, this will cost me utmost $600 of my transfers. The remaining amount will help me to buy 10 goats to act as my long-term investment project. This will along in supporting my children's education in the future. What a happy life!
What is the happiest part of your day?
As a mother, having to watch my child stay out of school is so painful. This was my situation in January when my son who is in secondary school stayed home for 2 weeks. I had no idea how I would clear his fee arrears until I was lucky to sell some charcoal that I had in my store. From this sale, I was able to raise $30 which enabled him to resume classes even though I did not clear the entire balance. Seeing him go back to class brought me unexplainable joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Having to support my children single-handedly yet I have a spouse is quite challenging. Meeting our daily needs, requires me to engage in vending local brew and charcoal burning. Despite all the hard work, my children often miss school because I fail to pay fees on time. This has greatly affected their performance and it makes me worry of their future.