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Since then, I've had little success looking for work. I've chosen to start farming, therefore I'm going to utilize the transfers to buy supplies that will cost me roughly $500. I will be able to get some money as a result, which I will spend for my basic needs. Additionally, I'll purchase a cow whose milk I'll sell in the shopping center. I would have to pay roughly $250 for the cow. I want to build a chicken farm with the money that would be left over. My primary source of income would come from all of these farming activities, so I would no longer need to look for employment.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My banana farm has been the source of my happiness for the past six months. I was able to get a good harvest and earned $180 as a result. I'm quite delighted because this money allowed me to buy a bull. When the bull is big enough and able to command a good price, I intend to fatten it up and sell it. This bull is the first livestock I have been able to purchase since I began farming. I'm happy to have gotten this much produce from my farm.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have a lot of challenges to face in my life. I was charged with looking after my grandfather's property and livestock after he passed away. However, given the prolonged draughts and lack of water for irrigation, this has not been simple. Since I finished my automotive engineering studies two years ago and haven't been able to find work since then, I am totally dependent on the farm for all of my basic necessities. The lack of rains though, has led to low productivity and lack of cash which is a challenge for me.