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A quality education to my children has been my greatest ambition and I have always tried my best to ensure that they are in school despite the financial challenges I am experiencing. Since I was married in a polygamous household and my husband is suffering from a hernia, I decided to assume his role and do all means to keep my children schooling. I am actively engaged in charcoal burning as my reliable source to earn income that can sustain my children in school. Receiving this money means the realization of this dream because I am planning to spend 300 dollars to clear all the fees arrears of my daughter who is now doing her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. My other plan is to spend 210 dollars on buying 7 goats of $30 each and this will act as my long term investment to aid in paying the college expenses once she advances her studies. The remaining transfer will help me to pay the fees for my 3 sons, one in form 3 and two in class 7. This will mean a better education to them and good jobs once they are through with their studies hence, a better life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evening is the happiest part of my day since I usually get ample time to rest my body after a busy day. Unlike in the morning and afternoon hours when I am always engaged in the bush preparing the charcoal for sell, an activity that drains much of my energy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Imagine assuming the role of providing all the basic needs for the family of 6 when the job is charcoal burning! It is a very horrible task to me but since I have no option I am forced to bear the burden. My efforts to keep my children schooling resulted in negative health effects to me since I was diagnosed with tuberculosis something that forced my son who was in form 2 to drop out. After medication, I regained my energy and I convinced myself that I can as well continue with my charcoal job in order to send my son back to school. Currently, I am always feeling weak with worries that I may be diagnosed with tuberculosis again due to the hard tasks I usually do.