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Receiving this money will go a long way in bettering our lives. The most pressing need at the moment is that of food insecurity and so this tops the list of our priorities. We intend to spend $ 100 on the purchase of foodstuff majorly maize and beans. We are halfway glad that at least we will afford to buy stocks of maize and beans that will sustain us for months. We have also had a sit-down and have resolved to engage in an income-generating activity that can sustain us in the future. We plan to purchase a secondhand motorbike that will cost around $700. From carrying pillion passengers I anticipate making up to $4 per day which will be enough to buy food and subsequently enjoy an improved standard of living devoid of worries and uncertainties.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I used to take alcohol a lot and whenever I could get even $ 1 from casual jobs I could spend all of it on it. I had neglected my family and left my wife to fend alone for the children. It was a very bad way of life and I regret it so much, my life was miserable because I had immersed my all life in alcohol. Sometime last December, I decided to stop taking alcohol and it has brought a paradigm shift in my life and that of my family. I can now use the money that I could have others spend on alcohol to provide for my family albeit in a small way. I have also made peace with my wife and we are living happily.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Life is hard for us, especially with food insecurity. The cost of living has gone up and this has made the situation horrible to put food on the table. It is so unbearable, our children have borne the greatest brunt of it. Sometimes we are forced to go to bed on an empty stomach. It worries us a lot as parents when young children cry for food yet we are unable to provide any. We have had a delayed rainy season that has further worsened the situation and led to the depletion of pastures for our livestock. Some of them have died as a result of it and made us incur losses. Every day is a struggle for us, it is hope against hope as the situation never seems to get any better.