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In our community, "ugali" (a dish of maize flour) is the most valued local cuisine, and it is preferably cooked with water to porridge or dough-like consistency. Without this on my table daily, it is a huge problem for the family. However, it has been a real struggle to produce enough maize that can sustain the family up to the next harvest,- and the biggest hindrances are but not limited to lack of proper means of cultivation and unpredictable weather patterns. And since we cultivate without any mechanization, oftentimes we are got up by time and end up planting a small portion of land, - subsequently leading to dismal harvests. Therefore, my desire is to be food secured and to achieve this, I intend to invest part of my transfers(ksh40000) on oxen for easy and timely cultivation. This will enable me to produce enough maize for the family and save the money that I currently use to purchase maize flour from the shop on a daily basis. For the rest of the money, I will use it to clear school fee arrears and ensure my children have the necessary school materials; like books and uniforms.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is the happiest part of my day because it is that moment when the mind is clear and set to achieve the day's objectives. Usually, I wake to household chores and thereafter attend to farm work depending on the season of the year. Like now, for instance, it is planting season, - so most part of my day is spent in farming.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of adequate income has been the biggest hardship in life. My husband, who is our sole breadwinner is a carpenter, and since he doesn't have the required capital to run his own workshop, he works in a friend's workshop and that is where he earns his daily wage. On average he brings home ksh 300, which can only meet food expenses. Considering that there are other pressing needs like education and healthcare, oftentimes it is very constraining to pull all this together, and as a result, we have had to compromise on lots of things. Like for instance the house we are living in, - a section of the roof is leaking and considering that I have 7 children, the space in there is not enough. We have had to forego the comfort of a spacious house so that children can at least have a decent meal and tuition fee. Being food secured will enable my husband to save enough money for his carpentry business.