Suganya lives with her 18-year-old daughter Dhanu. Her husband passed away suddenly 8 months ago during the thick of COVID-19 lockdowns. Suganya cannot access their savings account due to legal regulations. She cries, because the legal fees to settle the matter will cost her money she does not have.
Last week, when her daughter turned 18, Suganya and Dhanu went to the bank together to withdraw the LKR 5000 that was left in her education account. They needed the money for food.
Suganya cannot afford the escalating prices of essentials. When her husband was alive, they lived on Rs 18,000 each month. ‘It was enough to live with dignity’, she said. ‘Our dignity has been taken away from us. Every day is another queue.’
Suganya faces a dilemma. Can Dhanu complete her education? Or will she have to leave and find work to support the two of them?