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I have a family of 4, who look up to me to fend for them. It is a real struggle to put food on the table. Things have fallen apart and the center cannot hold anymore because of the lack of food. We buy everything we eat at a high price, and the cost of living has further worsened the otherwise bad situation. Nothing is more disturbing than the lack of food to eat. It is for this reason that I intend to sort out the most urgent need of purchasing foodstuff, this help could not have come at a better time than this when we are faced with the worst drought. It is against this backdrop therefore that I intend to buy 2 bags of maize that retail at $140 which will be sufficient for at least 5 months. We plan to use the rest of the transfers to build a decent house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Despite the multiple challenges that we face almost daily, I am glad that I have enjoyed relatively good health. I thank God that He has been kind to me and has sustained me this far. With the kind of hard life, we go through our health tends to be feeble because we don't eat a balanced diet. My husband has had high blood pressure presumably because of the hardships that we had. Mine has been the grace of God and I pray to Him to continue protecting me.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
We are battling biting food insecurity. The situation has been so bad that my husband has moved to another place called Eldama Ravine to engage in casual jobs to sustain us albeit with meager wages. He felt bad that he was not able to provide for the family. We are forced to survive on just a meal a day, just for survival. We are people of little means. I engage in casual jobs which are erratic and hard to come by. The situation has been further exacerbated by the drought that has brought about devastating effects on our livestock. We travel long distances to look for water and pasture. Our livestock at the moment are so emaciated and I am afraid if it will not rain soon they will be wiped out by the effects of drought. We have lived a life of abject poverty, destitution, and full of misery.