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I will be so relieved once I receive this money. I have accumulated a debt of $260 in school fees arrears which has been had to pay. I have three children in school, one in high school and the other two in primary school. My desire is for them to finish school and get good jobs.
Renovating my three houses will be my next priority. The houses are made of bricks and iron sheets. The iron sheets are worn out and when it rains they lick. I need to buy new ones 41 in number which might cost me $287 and buy several bags of cement. I am yet to know the total cost but I am happy that I will not have to pay for Labor since my husband is into construction work.
Contentment is all I see when I achieve all this.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have thought to always focus on the positives. Despite the many challenges face, (lack of finances)every day I get out of bed alive and well is a joy. Some nights are tough because I sleep on an empty stomach, but I count it a joy to be alive.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Money, it is as if we are playing hide and seek. I am so frustrated that I have to struggle to get food or pay school fees for my children. The odd jobs I get (washing clothes and fetching firewood) only support me for less than two weeks a month. I have to live within my means. Sometimes it gets hard and we go to bed hungry but I am hopeful that things will get better someday.