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Being a widow and the only breadwinner for my family of 3, I have been always relying on my small business of selling sliver cyprinid (omena) around the village that earns me $1 per day which is not enough to sustain us. My desire has been to have an alternative means to uphold my family but this has never materialized. I have wished to start rearing goats as they are cheap to raise and they can reproduce at a higher rate, unlike cows. Receiving this money means fulfilling my dream since I plan to use my first transfer to purchase 6 goats at Ksh.3500 each. This will serve as my longterm investment, something that will change my life for the better.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Waking up healthy with my family in the morning gives me joy and hope in my life. I usually spend my mornings taking breakfast with children before starting my long day of selling omena around the village until in the evening when I come back tired and exhausted.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Imagine at the age of 69 years, I am still forced to walk around the village selling silver cyprinid commonly known as "omena" in order to provide the basic needs for the family. Considering the nature of this job being tiresome, it earns me very little since getting 1 dollar means doing this work the whole day. With my little income, which can not fully support me, I always have wished to still have the support of my husband who passed away 3 years ago. It has been a great challenge to be the only breadwinner in the family. Therefore, lack of a reliable source of income has been my biggest hardship.