Despite being widowed for over 10 years, Madam Beeponee wanted me to know she wasn't lonely. Her son lives close by, and she has other children and grandchildren. In this respect, she says she has more than many.
Still, life isn't easy. After a lifetime of working, she still has to work to support herself, growing vegetables in her small garden to sell by the side of the street.
But the thing which struck me most, as I listened to her story, was her amazing smile. I saw it from all the way down the street, as I explored the Mauritian village of Poste de Flacq. It was a smile of pure defiance, a smile that declared to the world, no matter what, this is a woman who intends to live a full life. It is one of those smiles you will never forget.