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As a young family that resides in a rural setup yet has to purchase almost everything, especially food items, we have never managed to build a bigger house. The relatively little income I usually attain from my house-construction job is barely enough to meet our basic needs. Currently we live in one house that serves as the kitchen, sitting and bed rooms. Unfortunately, our two-roomed house is too small for our family of four. Also, sooth and smoke act as common nuisances we are facing since we use firewood as fuel. As such, receiving this money means that we shall afford to build another house, thus gaining more space and avoiding the smoke and sooth.
What is the happiest part of your day?
As a house-construction worker, the happiest part of my day is in the morning when I have secured some work. Jobs are scarce here, mainly because we live and work in a rural setting. Also, the Covid-19 pandemic has worsened the situation because many of our usual employers seem to be experiencing adverse economic impacts; they offer limited jobs. Hence, getting some work means my family shall get food at the end of the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
As an aspiring farmer, the biggest hardship I have faced is the absence of a suitable arable land and the harsh climatic conditions in our area. Besides, we own less than an acre of rocky land. Since we rely solely on natural rains to do farming, our crops usually die due to extreme weather conditions. As such, I have been forced to do away with farming since the little income I usually get is just enough for our survival; no funds would remain for the farming activities. The ripple effect of the failure to do crop farming is the incapacity for us to build a bigger house.