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This transfer could not have come at a better time than this, it is a big relief and reprieve for us. We have been suffering and struggling to even meet basic needs like putting food on the table. Our school-going children have been sent home for fees many times during the term and therefore disrupting their learning. It is from the foregoing that we intend to sort out the issue of food insecurity, we will purchase 5 bags of 90 kg maize grains and 1 bag of beans for $300 which will last us for at least 5 months. We will use the rest of the money to pay school fees for our children who are in various schools to enable them to have conducive learning and be able to excel in their studies. We are so moved by this transfer, it is life-changing and an enabler to the otherwise forgone dreams, we see ourselves having a better life in the future that we had never imagined before.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Sometimes in January my husband, Wesley, bought 2 cows for keeping. I was so excited about it since I am certain that in the next few months once they calve I will be relieved from the burden of buying milk for household consumption. It has always been the dream of our lives to be able to be self-sufficient in milk production but the dream had been elusive because of inadequate finances and several competing needs. So it is an achievement of a lifetime, I foresee an easy and improved standard of living for us in the future.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food insecurity is a major problem that we face at the moment. This was occasioned by the prolonged drought, we have never received adequate rainfall for the last 3 seasons, we had planted maize and millet last season but they ended up drying because of distress from lack of water, the livestock too was affected and quite a number of them died from starvation due to inadequate pasture. We have been forced to buy the foodstuff from Marigat town, sometimes we cannot afford more so when the cost of living rose to unprecedented levels. Life has really been hard for us and we have nowhere to turn to, we are hoping against hope that things will be better this year now that we have started receiving rainfall.