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The economic activity that I solely depend on is subsistence farming. However, this is not able to sustain my family of four members because the land is not so productive. Besides this I also sell the local brew, 'mnazi' and burn charcoal which is against the law. I have to do it because I need to get extra income to educate and feed my children. My desire has always been to educate my children, but due to financial constraints I have not been able to see them through secondary school. Therefore, I will use this transfer to purchase goats for rearing. Once they multiply I will sell them in Bamba market. I will also buy oxen and ox plough that I will use to plough my land and in other people's farms. Lastly I will start a hotel business next to Mwakwala primary school. This will enable me to have a stable income to cater for my family's needs such as education, food and clothing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I spend the whole day in the bushes cutting down trees and uprooting trumps to burn charcoal. This is a very tiresome job that wears me out and I am not even sure of getting income by the end of the day. However, in the evening when I am done with my work I rest in order to regain energy for another day. I also sit with my children and plan for our future and this makes evening the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband died thirteen years ago and left me with five children. I took the responsibility of raising my children singlehandedly through casual jobs that earn me at least one dollar a day. The lack of a sustainable source of income has made it difficult for me to educate my children. Four of them had to drop out of primary school and they now work as casual labourers.