THEY use plywood as their beds and piles of clothes as their pillows.
There is no proper water supply. Whatever little food they have is equally shared among Suren Prasad's family.
The family lives in Tiri, Wailevu, Labasa, and for the past six months has been financially stricken.
The life of poverty Mr Prasad, his wife Sarwan Lata and their three daughters live is a heartbreaking story.
Such is their plight that they lost their four-year-old son Rohit Bihal simply because there was no money to take him to the hospital.
Mrs Lata said the child had been suffering from diarrhoea.
Recalling that fateful Wednesday morning, Ms Lata said she cried and prayed as she carried her sick son on the long dusty road about 7am.
She said at that point she never lost hope even though she felt his heartbeat weakening.
But her hopes gradually faded as she trudged along the road. Rohit died about three hours later at the Labasa Hospital.
When The Fiji Times team visited the family yesterday, Ms Lata looked lost, continuously walking around the house with teary eyes.
"I can't believe my son is gone. Life is so difficult and expensive and I have always felt guilty about not giving my children the best in life," she said.
"If I only had at least some money to buy my son's medicine or take him to the hospital, he could have been healed. I looked after him at home after his diarrhoea and could not take him to hospital because we have no money.
"Everyday I pray to God and ask him to give me strength to look after my children well, to feed and clothe them. It's not easy because I depend on my husband's income."
As daylight faded in the cane farming community, Mr Prasad's three daughters prepared their stationery and uniforms. They don't have electricity or any other light to help them at night.
The children — two at the Labasa Special School and one at St Augustine Primary — leave home at 6am to walk the five-kilometre cane access road to the main road every morning to catch the school bus.
Mr Prasad said his son would be buried this week after the post-mortem examination was done.
"We have been living here in Tiri for about six months and working on this farm. We have water supplied to us and filled in our drums."
The family takes care of a cane farm in the area and the income Mr Prasad receives can only meet the cost of their basic needs.