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My first priority when I receive the money is building a one bedroom house. My current house is very small and the roof is grass thatched. During the rainy season I am usually forced to seek shelter in my brother's house. The house will cost me around 300 USD. I will also buy a bed and a mattress so that I can sleep comfortably. I will then budget another 300 USD to buy 10 goats. Goat rearing will ensure that I have something to sell when I require emergency funds.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning. Unlike the afternoon hours, I usually feel energized to tackle the day's activities. My jobs are very physical and therefore I require a lot of energy. I start by fetching water in the early morning hours before embarking on house chores and later farming activities.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial stability has all along been my biggest hardship. I have done casual jobs for a long time and as a house help for 8 years too. This jobs pay very little and employers sometimes take advantage of you. I once worked as a househelp for three months without pay. I am now back at home depending on subsistence farming which is also a challenge due to prolonged droughts. It has never been easy getting money for the basic needs especially now that I have a two year old son.