Sole breadwinner gets temporary aid to tide family over

It was only a minor operation, but it left Madam Rani, her family's sole breadwinner, unable to return to work. The 37-year-old had a cut on her arm that became infected and she needed surgery to fix it.

She could not continue working as a cleaner, which meant losing her $1,500 monthly income that supported her four children, aged between 11 and 19, and her mother, who suffers from diabetes, asthma and the effects of a mild stroke.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2018, with the headline 'Sole breadwinner gets temporary aid to tide family over'. Subscribe