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Receiving this money means food security for my household and eventually a better living standard. Currently, when it comes to land preparation, I am still using the traditional methods like the use of a hoe. This is very time-consuming and in most cases, I get late in planting. To ensure this problem is sorted, I plan to spend $400 of the first transfer to buy oxen and an ox-plough to help me in upscaling my farming. This will mean early planting and hence, better harvests. On the other hand, I will use the remaining amount to support my children in school and also cater to other needs like better housing since the one I currently have is not spacious.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Considering my daily activities which require me to be away from home, I usually miss my children and I am always worried whether they will have something to eat. In the evening when I am back, I feel happier to see my children enjoying whatever I would have brought home for dinner. Therefore, the evening becomes the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food insecurity is generally the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life. As a woman, I am not expected to engage in male-dominated jobs like construction work but I am forced to doing this job to get money for food. This job is very energy-intensive and also its payment is low especial to the casual laborers. Hence, my daily earning is very minimal and also inconsistent.