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My greatest desire once I receive this money is to see myself living in a decent house that is of a good standard. As of now, I constructed a small house that looks like a toilet from far and this does not give me happiness since I always feel ashamed even to welcome my visitors. I, therefore, intend to spend a big portion ($400) of the first transfer to construct a 2 roomed spacious house with a smooth finishing. The remaining amount of the first transfer will cater to beddings' expenses. With my second transfer, I intend to use $100 to start vending vegetables within the villages and this will guarantee me a profit to sustain my household's basic needs like food. On the other hand, I will also use the remaining amount $400 to buy 2 indigenous dairy cows that will produce milk to sell and for my family to use. This will have a positive change on my livelihood, a life that I have wished for a long time.
What is the happiest part of your day?
With my casual type of jobs which require me to be in the bush most in the morning and afternoon hours doing charcoal burning, I never get ample time to rest. It is only in the evening when I come back home to relax and get my meal that re-energizes me most for the next day's work. Therefore, the evening becomes the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I separated from my husband 19 years ago and life has never been easy for me. I have been doing casual jobs of different kinds just to get money to sustain the very basic needs of my family mostly the food. This means the other basic needs like good housing and better education for my children have not been my priority and this has resulted in early marriage to my daughter who dropped from standard 7. Therefore, the financial instability due to lack of a reliable source of income is the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life.