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My husband and I dropped out of school at a young age to start up a family. Due to financial constraints, our parents could not raise school fees for us to continue with our education. We depend on casual jobs to earn a living but considering it is unsustainable, we cannot save or invest in anything. Receiving this money means a reliable source of income for my family. Since there is high demand for eggs and chicken meat, I plan on starting up a poultry farming business. This will cost me $50,000 to build up a chicken house and purchase 200 chicks for a start. I am excited because my family will never lack any basic needs once it yields profits.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I believe all of us desire to have a healthy lifestyle. Even though challenges are many, waking up every day in good condition and healthful is what has been giving me happiness. For the past six months, nobody in my family of three fell sick. This meant we never spent any money on medication at the same time we were able to go about our daily chores comfortably.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
We live in a semi-arid area and due to scarcity of rain and unproductive land, we cannot do any farming. We have one meal a day and two when we are lucky to get casual jobs. Since my only child is three years old, I had to allow my mother to help me raise him because I cannot afford to give him balanced and nutritious food which is vital for his growth and development. I feel discontented when I am unable to provide basic needs such as food for my family hence food insecurity becomes a big challenge.