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As a shopkeeper I have always desired to run my own shop. This is because I have almost 10 years experience in the profession and I got enough skills to manage my own business. However, this has not been possible because I do not earn enough money to save and start the business. With this transfer, I start a shop in Bamba because it is a very active center and the business is likely to thrive faster. I will also purchase two dairy cows and this will mean a constant supply of milk in my village and the nearest centers of Mariango, Bamba, Guruguru and Mariakani. Having these businesses operating will stabilize my income and make it sustainable enough to feed and educate my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I run a shop which is mostly active in the morning. This excites me a lot because having many customers means salary at the end of the month. It gives me hope that I will be able to provide for my family and it motivates me to work extra hard. In this regard, I consider morning as the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial constraint is my biggest challenge since I earn around 6,000 shillings a month. Being the sole bread winner, my family entirely depends on me for food, medical and clothing. It is quite difficult to meet these needs because I do not have enough money. Sometimes I am unable to respond to medical emergencies when my children get sick.