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Since my current home is in poor condition, I intend to construct a new one for my mother and myself. I've used stones to hold the roof in place because it lacks nails, which is risky because it could fall on me. I don't feel safe living in this house because I worry that I might get hit by the wind. Of the transfers, I want to spend around $200 on the house. With $100, I want to hire a farm, and with the remaining money, I want to get some goats for myself. This will give me a future investment in addition to giving me food. I feel that because I'm getting older, I won't be able to do casual work and therefore, I'll sell the goats and buy basic needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Even though I don't have food and sometimes I don't have money, I have had my happy moments in the past six months. My mother came and lived with me and because of this I got some company. I was also able to get casual work which enabled me to buy food for both of us and I felt really happy whenever we have two full meals.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
This village of ours as you can see is very dry, it has been three years since we got enough rains. As a result, there is a water shortage and no crops can be planted. I last planted crops three years ago. There are irrigation plots in our village, but they require hiring, and I don't have any money for that. I sometimes go without meals because I only occasionally make $3 in casual labor, which is insufficient to pay for food for both my mother and me. I feel bad for having to go without food because I don't have anything to prepare. Since I need money for food and there is occasional casual work for me to do, I am faced with a challenge that I cannot overcome..