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I have a family of six members. I do charcoal burning for sale and my husband does casual jobs at Mombasa. He earns approximately $30 per month and I earn approximately $18.This money caters to food only and it is even not enough. Sometimes the family goes without food. I will use $500 to buy ten goats at $50 each as an investment. Goats survive in the climatic condition of our area. This will enable me to have money to pay school fees for my children when they join secondary school. Currently, I do not have any investment. I live hand to mouth kind of life. I will also use $ 200 to clear the school fees of my children who are at Mrimani primary school. I have not paid even a single coin for the last three academic terms. I will use the remaining money to buy food for the family. At least the family willy have three meals per day like other families do.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The county government of Kilifi brought relief food to the community two days before Christmas day. I got one bracket of maize and 1kg of beans. This food served my family for a week and the family had the pleasure to enjoy three meals per day for the first time since I was married to this compound. The relief food brought happiness in my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of food is the challenge I am currently facing. I do casual jobs that give me approximately $18 per month which caters both for food and school fees for my four school-going children. Being a casual job it is not always accessible. My family takes one meal per day only in the evening. This has affected their education. Two days ago the children never went to school because they had last taken food two days back. They were so week that they could not walk to school.