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Business expansion is what this money means to me. I sell buns at a nearby school and would like to add nuts and fried potatoes to them. The market for nuts and fried potatoes has so much potential and I desire to tap into it. A stock of $50 will help expand it for a start as the rest of the money sustains me for some months.
Once my business is up and running, I will focus on building a house with two rooms. My house was destroyed in the previous rainy season and I had to seek shelter from a neighbor. She has been so generous to house me for the past year and I think it is time I built my own house and not extend my stay. I am eager to start construction and live in my own house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Money makes me happy, every day I leave my house for work and I manage to sell all the buns I prepare is fulfilling. In a day I earn $3.5 making it possible for me to buy food and stock for the following day. Knowing that I have a source of income gives meaning to my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My two children are about to sit for their end year examination and I am yet to pay their school fees. My son who is in grade 5 keeps reminding me of the same and I wish I could pay as soon as possible. I am working under pressure to be able to settle the arrears. I would not want to disappoint them, education means a lot to us.