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Being a widow means assuming all the household responsibilities including basic needs provision. This means, I am required to have a reliable source of income to depend on and I plan to start a grocery business in our nearby town. I estimate to spend $100 of the money to make this project a reality. Also, I will invest in livestock more specifically goats to act as my long-term project that will support us in the future. This project will cost me $200. On the other hand, I will spend part of the money ($400) on paying school fees for my children both in primary and secondary schools. The remaining amount will help us to repair our kitchen which is in bad condition. Thus, this is generally what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The relief I have at the moment is because of the food security in my household. This is because I was able to plant maize this season and I estimate to harvest four 90-kilogram bags. This food will sustain us for the next five months. Having enough food in my household will mean saving the little cash I get from the casual work to support my children in school. This is basically what has brought me joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Currently, I find my life so tough because I do not have any reliable source of income to support my family of 6. Since my husband passed away 4 years ago, he left me with all the responsibilities of being the sole breadwinner. Charcoal burning and other casual community jobs are what I have depended on for a long time. The income from these activities is what has been supporting my children in school but their studies have always been affected due to spending more time out of school. As I speak, my daughter who is supposed to join high school is still at home due to lack of money. Hence, I consider financial constraints as my biggest challenge.