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I have a daughter with 2 children who separated from her husband, 1 year ago. Since she is jobless, she has desired to have dressmaking skills but due to the lack of money, this has never materialized. With this grant, I plan to support her with $320, which will combine the cost of her course as well as getting a new sewing machine. This will mean a reliable source of income to support her children to reduce the burden on me. On the other hand, I intend to invest in livestock, a project that will cost me $600, to act as my long-term investment plan. I will spend the remaining amount to buy good-quality feed for my poultry. Thus, this is generally what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Despite the financial challenge that I am currently facing, I am equally grateful to have been able to start poultry farming. Although it has not attracted profit, it is so promising and soon, I will be selling some to earn cash. This will enable me to sustain the needs of my family and hence, the reason for my happiness.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being a widow has been a big challenge for me because it comes with a lot of responsibilities. As the head of a family of 4, I am tasked to carry the burden of their misfortunes in life. Since I lack a reliable source of income, I depend on subsistence farming which is currently undependable. This means I am forced to seek help from my son but his support is limited due to the many commitments he has with his family. Hence, I consider financial constraints as my biggest concern.