My alcohol and dagga consumption put a strain on my financial life. I borrowed money from friends, but I could not pay them back. I avoided going to the same places because I did not have their money. I was always stressed because I could not even provide for my cousins like I used to.
Hearing my father telling people that he wanted to shoot himself when he learnt that my mother was pregnant with me and noticing how he never took on his fatherly responsibilities confirmed that he did not love me.
Despite having a professional job, Grace did not enjoy the financial freedom she dreamt of nor the dignity she thought she should have. She was tangled up in debts, unable to take care of her only child and had to ask for help from her relatives who had low-paying jobs.