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Receiving this money will be a big boost for us. In our old age we cannot engage in active economic activities and as such we have lagged behind. Goat keeping does well in our area and there are plenty of pastures for grazing, it is for this reason that we intend to purchase 6 goats for keep that will cost $360, that way we will be ensured of a continued livelihood to depend on, goats multiply very fast, they even give birth up to triplets and mature very fast. Therefore, it will assist us to purchase food whenever we need in future since we will simply sell them. This transfers will bring an elevated effect of us and make our otherwise miserable lives better. We will us the rest of the money to purchase foodstuffs for future consumption and to buy clothes.
What is the happiest part of your day?
In the past two weeks, we got the monthly cash transfers for the elderly which had taken some time since the government last released them. We were extremely happy since it came amidst the food insecurity that has ravaged our household. The month of January is usually hard on us, the situation was further worsened by the increased cost of living. When we got the money it was a reprieve for us, we went straight to the retail shop at Marigat and bought the foodstuff that we came home with and we have been using since then.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
We are old and as such life has become so unbearable for us. My health has deteriorated too, I am battling chronic ulcers that has weigh me down for sometime. At the same time I have a lower back pain that does not allow me to bend, I used to do casual works like charcoal burning for a living but I cannot do at the moment because I am incapacitated. We therefore depend on my husband's cash transfers for the elderly which is meagre and unsustainable , at times our elderly son support us to get foodstuff. We are hit by food insecurity since we are not economically active and only depends on the support from my son and the government.I am also selective in terms of the food I eat because of the ulcers, the food I need can be expensive.