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Receiving this money means a happy and healthy family to me. This is because my current house is just braving the heavy rains and strong wind that we are experiencing during this rainy season. My family has lost happiness and most of the time my children are suffering from flu-like diseases that often occur due to cold. My plan once I receive this money is to spend a better portion of my transfers ($700) to construct a better and smooth finished house that will guarantee me a happy life. The remaining amount approximately $300 will help me to buy 5 goats and also to start vending vegetables that will act as my long-term investment projects. Through these projects, I will be able to sustain the needs of my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
During the day; morning and afternoon hours, I usually feel so bored because of the shame I get from being idle. I feel like having turned to a laughing stock to my neighbors and I always want to be away from their faces. When evening approaches, I feel relieved and this is the time I usually feel happy. Therefore, the evening is the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being a housewife has made me lack the happiness that I expected in marriage. I always feel ashamed seeing my fellow women engaged in small businesses that earn them income, while I just depend on my husband's casual jobs. I am now confident that this problem will soon be solved since I will be engaged in doing my own business. Hence, the financial instability has, therefore, been the biggest hardship that I ever faced in my life.