When she lost her husband to typhoid six years ago, Hadhasultan, who had never attended school, feared for the future.
"Even I was not sure the family would stick together, and I was unsure how to continue normal life," she says. "It was a desperate time and situation." Her grief was compounded when village tradition required she slaughter her only animal, an ox, to feed the community after her husband's funeral.
But her perseverance helped keep her family together, and she instilled in her three children a strong work ethic and a profound sense of family loyalty.
Rallying to support their mother and each other, her eldest son Awol, 25, now manages the farm work, while Amino, 18, works as a shopkeeper. Daughter Zara, 20, cooks, cleans, fetches water, runs a small market business selling bananas, mangoes and eggs and even saves half her weekly earnings. Zara is interested in learning more about the savings and loan group in her village.
"I am learning more about it and hope to be a member where I can save some money and get a loan to expand my business and buy a cow, so that I can support my family much better," Zara says.
In time, Hadhasultan is confident the family will move from a thatched hut to a corrugated iron house, Zara can expand her business and Amino will finally be able to attend vocational school.