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Subsistence farming is my main source of livelihood but it is quite unreliable because of poor rainfall. I therefore supplement my income through harvesting aloevera which earns me around 700 shillings in two months. It has always been my desire to achieve a stable source of income that will meet my family needs with ease. Receiving this money therefore means starting a grocery business in my village, which I am sure it will thrive because of the current drought. Besides, I will purchase oxen to scale up farming and also hire them at a fee. This will enhance food security in my family, which I believe it is the only way towards meeting other expenses like education, medical and clothing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I undertake very heavy duties during the day that wear out my energy. Harvesting aloevera is one of the cumbersome activities that I engage in, in order to provide for my family. I hardly get time to rest and this worsens the pains in my leg. However, in the evening when I am done I sit with my family to take supper. This helps me to relax my mind and regain the lost energy, making evening the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I got an accident in 2017 that fractured my leg to an extent of being bedridden for one year. This situation drained my financial resources as I used all my savings to seek treatment. Even after recovering I still cannot work comfortably because I sometimes experience pains. It is very difficult to provide for my six children because of financial constraint. Sometimes they go without food something which stresses me a lot . my two school going children have never owned a pair of uniform since they began schooling. The only person who could help is my husband but he is too old to work.