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To me, education is the best thing any parent can give to his/her child. This is something that I never got because, at that time, my parents didn't lay much emphasis on it. And as a result, am struggling with odd jobs to make ends meet. I now understand the benefits of education and what it means when a child is not put through education. This transfers came at the time when I was in deep thoughts on where I will get my son's school fee come next year when he will be joining his secondary level. It is, therefore, a sign of relief knowing that school fee for my children will never be a problem in the near future. And to further this good gesture from Give Directly, I plan to invest part of my transfers in livestock. I believe this is a safer way to invest because livestock rearing is highly practiced in this region due to favorable climatic conditions. Apart from that, I intend to construct a spacious house for the family. The one we are currently living in is small and cannot accommodate all of us. And that is what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evening has always been the happiest part of my day. This is the time when I spend quality time with my family having spent the better part of the day away from each other. Normally, I am left alone at home to attend to household chores, while children go to school. My mornings entails a lot of work here and there. From grazing livestock to drawing water kilometers away. It is a tiresome exercise and am always longing for the evening part so that I can rest.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I've faced in life is a lack of adequate income to sustain the needs of the family. Currently, I do not have any sustainable source of income myself and I solely rely on my spouse who is a chef in one of the local bars in Bamba center. And given the nature of his work and the customer base in there, his income is paltry. Sometimes, I engage in odd jobs to help with other pressing needs of the family. Receiving this money will help us to at least start our own income-generating activities. My husband being a chef will use his vast skills to open up and run a small hotel in Bamba. This will see us earn a daily income that can comfortably educate and feed the family.