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access_time 9 days ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
For the last 12 years that I have lived in Murda village, I have experienced floods almost every year. The most recent floods in April 2024 were the worst, as I lost my 2-acre farm of tomatoes and my house was destroyed. My children were exposed to common colds and pneumonia as a result. Given that floods are likely to reoccur, I hope to relocate to safer grounds. I plan to spend $900 on purchasing land, constructing a house, and relocating my family of five. I will continue cultivating the farm we live on now to provide food for the family. This way, I will not have to worry about flooding in the future and can ensure a safer and healthier environment for my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Who does not like money anyway? Money makes me happy as it is the driving force behind everything. After the floods hit my household in April 2024, I lost my 2-acre farm of tomatoes as they were washed away. However, when the rains stopped, I resumed maize farming, since my livelihood depends on it. Lacking finances, I sold my 3 goats for $90 and used it as capital to sow maize on a 1-acre piece of land. Seeing this crop thrive makes me happy, as it is a clear sign of financial stability and food security for my family of five.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Marriage in a polygamous setup is sometimes challenging because the man of the house has to divide his attention and resources between multiple households. As a result, I have to work extra hard to provide for my family of five. Currently, I depend on charcoal burning and farming to support us. However, this work is strenuous and requires a lot of energy to execute. Since I do not have the finances to hire help, I have to struggle alone. This consumes a lot of my time, delaying my ability to meet our financial needs efficiently. The constant physical and financial strain is overwhelming, but I am determined to persevere for the sake of my family.