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Single mother, who was laid off, says she’s willing to work

Shyanne Rolle, 29, a single mother-of-three, is struggling to make ends meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I ain’t looking for no money,” Rolle told The Nassau Guardian yesterday.

“I looking for a nice job or someplace for me and my kids where we could be comfortable because it ain’t easy. It’s hard.”

She worked at a hair salon before the start of the pandemic.

However, she was laid off.

“If I have to go by social services to get help for my kids, then I do that,” Rolle said.

“If I have to go and see if I could hustle one $20, not sexing now, but just asking people on the road just to feed my kids, I’ll do that. It’s just hard.”

She added, “I could plait hair. I’ll just knock on door to door and see who needs their hair plait [or] who needs their yard clean.”

On Sunday, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said more than 25,000 people, like Rolle, have been laid off or have lost their income due to the pandemic.

He said unemployment in The Bahamas is projected to exceed 30 percent.

Rolle said it feels like she’s “fighting this war by myself”.

“I don’t have no money,” she said.

“I have to go out there and see if I can get for my kids. I don’t have it.”

Rolle used to live in Pinewood but she was recently evicted.

“It was good there, but my landlord put me out because I owed him $230,” Rolle said.

She now lives with her grandmother.

Rolle said things have been difficult for her as she battles depression.

“It just freaking hard, man,” she said.

She added, “I don’t show my kids that I’m hurting, period. At least not my baby, she is be like my comfort. If she sees [me] crying, she is come and kiss me and say, ‘Mummy, don’t cry. You know things gonna be better.’”

While she noted that she would like to gain employment sometime soon, Rolle said she is willing to do whatever it takes to provide for her children.

“If I was meant to get a job, I’ll get a job,” she said.

“If I wasn’t meant to get a job, then shoots. I’ll probably have to start selling water and juice on the side of the road if that’s the case.”

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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