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I currently have a single room that has been robbing me off privacy a lot, given that my eldest child is around seven years old. When I get this money, I would like to first extend my house to make it two roomed so that I can have one as my bedroom. As per my rough estimation, it might cost $300 including material and labor cost.Thereafter I will also buy some goats probably two just to try keeping and see if it's a viable way of saving money for my children's education. If this works I will not have to struggle with school fees payment in future. At the moment one goat can cost around $40. The remaining amounts I will safely keep while trying out goat keeping.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have four children right now. Three of them, first three, are girls with the last one being the only son. I really felt so happy to have had a son this time round because not having one was already taking its toll on our relationship. It traditionally cemented our marriage and also improved love between me and my husband. I gave birth around two months ago but the joy in the family is still obvious and he has even improved his visiting schedules as he stays in Mombasa town.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of reliable source of income. My husband is a plumber based in Mombasa town, but he gets jobs from a lot of different places within the country. I don't know for a fact how much he makes, he normally sends me between $5 to $7 weekly. Myself I used to take up casual jobs around Matanomanne trading center, but since I delivered my forth born two months ago, I haven't been able to do so for the obvious reasons. The much I get from him isn't enough to pay all family bills and therefore right now my eldest child is out of school for fees areas. She pays $17 per academic term.