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A new semi-permanent house is the greatest desire that I have had in my life and this is because, over the years, I have not lived in an iron-roofed house. My main dwelling at the moment is grass-thatched which is leaking when it rains. With this money, I intend to spend a big portion of my transfer $600, to make my dream come to reality. In addition, I will buy a new bed and a mattress to replace the old ones which do not give me nice sleep. This will cost me utmost of $100. On the other hand, I will spend the remaining amount to cater to my other basic needs like food and new clothes. Thus, this is generally what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The delicacies! During the Christmas season, my daughter who was working as a house help bought 1 bale of maize flour, 4 packets of wheat flour, and other ingredients that we used during the festive time. This was a surprise to me because, throughout the year, I had missed such an occasion where we share a meal with my extended family. It was through the celebration that I enjoyed different meals. Hence, I consider this as what has brought joy to my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Charcoal work being a job that is not favorable to many people due to its intensive nature has been the main source of income that I have depended on for a long time. This job being tiresome and energy-draining has affected my health and I am no longer productive a situation that has compelled me to majorly depend on my son who is a casual laborer. Since his support is inconsistent, sometimes I forfeit meals and this has equally made me look emaciated. I, therefore, consider myself to be facing a financial crisis, which stands out as my main challenge.