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Mercy
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
25
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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access_time 3 months ago
 
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I would like to spend $700 of these transfers to buy two quality-grade cows for milk production. I understand that to maintain milk production in cows, they need to have a constant source of feed. I will therefore spend $300 on planting fodder crops on the 1-acre piece of land that I currently have. This investment would be a lifetime one because apart from the milk that I will be selling there will also be manure from my cowshed and this will be earning me at least $50 quarterly.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have unmatched energy when am carrying out my duties and this is what gives me joy and happiness always.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am a mason by profession though my passion all along has been farming. Due to the rising cost of living, I have however been engaging in the two ventures to keep afloat my income and provide for the needs of the family. We are a family of 4 and over the past few months, the cost of meeting our daily needs has sharply risen from $1 a day at the beginning of 2022 to $2 a day as of now. This made me decide to juggle the two income streams but it is so straining. I have to work for at least 16 hours a day and the amount of income I get at the end of the day is not encouraging at all. I would like to settle on farming full time for I believe that if I concentrate my efforts on livestock rearing it will earn me at least $120 monthly as opposed to the $60 am getting now.