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I was married in a poligamy family living in a two bedroom house. Our husband died 5 years ago and our house has become very old and wreckled. The house have not been repaired for more than 10 years. The roof is worn out and the mud walls have cracks indicating that the house will fall down anytime of the day. I was grown up relying on charcoal burning business since I was a young girl and now I am 61 years old and still relying on the same business. We have deforested our land and there is no rainfall to practice farming. What works well in my area is rearing indegenous livestock. I have life ambition of owning a house so that I can have privacy and enough space to keep my items but invain. I dream to poses livestock but my earnings from the charcoal business passes direct to the cooking pot and other daily needs. My dream of owning a house will be unfolded if I receive this transfers and it will be a great joy because I will be living independently in a house, where I can have privacy and my properties will be safe. I will utilize the remaining amount to purchase livestock. I believe through this transfers, my life will change to be stable and live in comfortable house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My second born son who lives in another town with his family sent one bale of maize flour to me last month. I was surprised because it has taken more than a year without receiving any thing from him. I received it and what brought joy and happiness to me is that it relieved me from the straneous job of charcoal burning for 20 days now.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The roof of the house I live in is worn out and incase it rains, I have to seek a refuge to the neighborhood. Getting food in my house means I have to sell charcoal and the price of charcoal keeps on fluctuating. One suck of charcoal of about 50 kilograms is sold at kES 350 - money which can buy only two packets of maize flour. I depend on my own. My children are looking after their families and therefore I am worried about my life because I have nothing to sell inorder to cater for any emmagency needs. Lucking a proper savings like livestock to help me in the time of Crisis and living in a wreckled house are the greatest challenges I am passing through.