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Education is indeed the key to a good life for that is what I desire for my six children. Having not had the chance to go to school, I want my children to have quality education and thereafter pursue careers of their choice. I struggle a lot financially because we rely on casual jobs to earn a living and the $ 120 we earn an average of one month is hardly enough to pay for school fees for our two children in secondary school. We sold all our livestock to pay for education ( fees, school uniforms and books). They are often sent home to collect the money in arrears making them waste a lot of school time and it affects their performance. Receiving this money means they will study full-time at school since I will use the transfers to clear all the arrears. The rest of the money will go into buying goats and one cow. I am thankful to Givedirect for changing my life and that of my family for the better.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Generally speaking, life has a lot of challenges, especially with the high cost of living. Despite being unable to live comfortably for a lack of basic needs such as food for my family I am still happy that we are in good health and we are thankful to God for it. When I wake up every day I pray to God for his protection. This is what has been giving me joy for the past six months.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Not being able to provide all the needs ( education, food, clothing, medication) of my family of seven saddens me. My husband is a cook at a nearby secondary school but he earns $60 only in a month. This is enough for food only hence we are forced to borrow loans to educate our children. I do casual jobs to supplement our family's income and repay the loans which take us years to complete. If we had a better source of income, we would live a better life than now.