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Transforming my livelihood for the better is what receiving this money means to me. Being in a polygamous household where the husband is old and sick has made me to depend on my son whose support is also inconsistent. This has forced me to engage in charcoal burning in order to supplement the little income from my son. The aid from GiveDirectly has brought a huge blessing since I plan to reshape my life by repairing my house which is partly collapsing, buying of livestock that will breed and multiple and also the remaining amount will support my grand children's education. This is essentially what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I usually spend the better part of my day at the bush doing my charcoal work. When I wake up in the morning, I clean my compound and leave to the bush where I work up to the afternoon hours when I come back home to rest. After dinner in the evening, I feel much relieved from the tiresome day because I get more time to relax. Therefore, I consider evening as the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Burning charcoal in order to supplement the little income from my son is what I have known in my life. Despite my old age, I am forced to engage into this business because, my husband can not work again to provide for the family due to sickness. This job is very labour intensive and considering it being done by an aged woman, it drains much of my energy, leaving me weak and tired. Therefore, I consider lack of a reliable source of income as my biggest hardship.