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'. Print Edition | Subscribe