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I have a family of four members with two children schooling. I am a casual laborer earning $30 per month. This caters to food and it is not enough. The family takes one meal per day and sometimes goes without food. My children have gone weak and as a mother, I feel bad. My daughter who is at college has a sponsorship from the Compassion organization though I am required to buy the tailoring materials which are worth $150. The boy in class seven has a balance of $20 and he is supposed to pay school fees of $300 next year. The fees will go high because all class eight students will be required to be in boarding. I will use $ 500 to clear the school fees so that my children can have a good time at school and improve their performance. I will also use $500 to buy a one-acre piece of land for agriculture. I am currently living on 0.5 pieces of land which is not enough for farming. It is only a place for residential houses.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My boy who is at Vitengeni primary used to perform poorly in the previous years. He is now in class seven. This term, he got 350 marks on the end-of-term exams. Even though he always remains home due to fees problems he managed to perform well. I felt so happy to have such a bright boy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband died three years ago which forced me to take on all the family responsibilities. I am a casual laborer earning approximately $30 per month. This only caters to food and it is even not enough. I have two children who are schooling at primary and college respectively. The one in college is sponsored by a compassion organization. The family takes one meal per day. This has made my children to grow very week. Lack of reliable source of income is the challenge I am currently facing.