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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means the improved nutritional status of my family. In our culture, we value cows because of milk. Milk has good nutritional value in the development of children. So when I get this transfer I will spend KES 30000 to purchase a dairy cow. I expect to produce milk for household use and if in surplus I will sell to generate income. For the remaining amount, I will build a more spacious iron-roofed house. I have a son who is growing up and in our culture its a taboo for a mother to continue sleeping under one roof with a grown-up boy. This house will cost around KES 25000.
What is the happiest part of your day?
As a vendor, I have learned to save money through merry go round of ten members. In this Merry go round I contribute KES 700 weekly. One week ago it was my turn and I received a contribution of KES 7000 which I used to purchase 2 sheep. Sheep can give birth up to 3 times in a year hence increasing in number fast. This has brought joy and happiness into my life since these sheep will be my source of income when I sell them.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest challenge is food insecurity. I am a single mother with two children and where I live I bought land and it is small to start farming. I bought 0.2 acres of land. To get money for purchasing food I started a small business vending vegetables and fruits in the town nearby. On a good day, I earn KES 600 but at the moment my earnings are quite low due to drought. The little money I earn I spend on buying food and saving a little for my children's education.