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This is the happiest day of my life, and having a once in a lifetime opportunity to become a recipient of such a windfall is a dream come true. My husband and I have agreed to spend the money to buy furniture for our empty house. This will bring to an end the shame and guilt and shame of not wanting to host any guests in our home. Buying 3 comfortable sofa seats and 2 tables will cost about $75. Since we haven't had a decent meal in a while, we will use $46 to buy 2 sacks of maize for consumption. This is what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Since developing health challenges some years ago, my husband has played a vital role in providing for me. He goes out every morning to undertake manual jobs like fencing people's farms where he makes about $1.5 and $2 on a good day. The happiest part of my day is in the evening when he comes home with food to make the day's meal. He is a hardworking person.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
When I had a severe headache 8 years ago, my life has since taken a sorry trajectory. What began as a headache has resulted in incessant dizziness and occasional partial blindness so much so that I cannot undertake my household chores and daily routine as comfortable as I would. This has also affected my working on my farm as I cannot bend nor strain to cultivate for a long time, leaving me to over depend on my 62 year- old husband who for food a care –against my wish as I would love to have the freedom and ability to run my own affairs. This is not the life of dignity I would envisage as I grow old. This has been the biggest hardship I have faced in my life.