Sujeewa beams with glee as she welcomes guests into her first home owned by her family, after years of living in houses that were rented. Sujeewa’s husband Susil (48) is a cancer survivor, who currently owns a rickshaw and takes hires to bring a steady income for their family.

Their eldest daughter (23) is married and lives with her own family; their second daughter (21) works at a local grocery store and helps with the finances at home and saves for her own future, while their three youngest daughters are still attending school.  Sujeewa explains how owning a house was an unrealistic dream a few years ago with her husband being diagnosed with cancer.

It was a difficult time and Sujeewa had many worries about the safety of her daughters alongside the duty of caring for her husband. “With God’s grace my husband is now cured and my children are safe under this new roof” Sujeewa said. Now with a secure home, Sujeewa is able to live with fewer worries, and is optimistic to see her daughters having a stable place to study and enhance their future.