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My house! Currently, I live in a small house whose roof is leaking because the iron sheets have worn out and I do not enjoy my nights when it rains. This means my biggest desire is to construct a decent house once I receive this money. I plan to spend utmost $600 to offset the housing problem. On the other hand, I will spend $200 to buy 5 goats which will as act as my investment. The remaining amount will help me to cater to my very basic needs like food and clothing. Hence, this is generally what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Very recently, we received some short rains in our area, something that brought joy to me as a farmer. I am now able to plant maize and some cassava which I have high expectations of to help me solve the food insecurity in my household.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial constraint is basically what I am currently facing. Considering my age of 74 years and also being the only one in the household, I have learned the hard way since I am forced to provide for my basic needs. This has forced me to actively engage in subsistence farming but due to inadequate rains, sometimes I get very little or no harvests. Getting food sometimes lies at the mercy of my good neighbor who provides me food in case I do not have. This explains how much I have become a burden to her and on some days, I usually decide to sleep hungry due to the fear of being mocked by my friends as a beggar. What a sorrowful life!