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Being a first wife in a polygamous family like mine is a big challenge, since I am forced to work in order to feed myself something that has made my life difficult. My husband has abandoned his responsibilities on me, and he only takes care of his second wife and her children. This has forced me to depend on farming and charcoal burning as my only sources of income. These jobs are exhaustive and considering my age, the hope for better life was no more in me until when I heard about GiveDirectly's unconditional cash transfers. I plan to better my life by constructing a spacious iron roofed house for myself, buy ten goats to start livestock keeping and the remaining amount will support my son to start a hotel business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Since my only source of income is charcoal burning, I spend the better part of my day in the bush burning charcoal. This job drains my energy making me weak and tired. It is only in the evening that I get ample time to relax my body and this is the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband abandoned his responsibilities on me something that has forced me to burn and sell charcoal in order to feed myself. This business is very tiresome due to it's laborious nature and therefore, lack of reliable source of income is my biggest hardship.