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Subsistence farming
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access_time 2 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means better housing for my family. Currently, we are living in a big mud house. Due to rains, it needs to be smeared every week which is very tiresome and time-consuming. The smearing material(soil) has to be taken from down in the stream very far from my house. My wife who does this work is getting old, she gets sick every time she goes down there. With this money, I plan to cement my house so it would be easier to clean. It will cost me KES 50,000. For the rest of the amount, I plan to purchase dairy cows as a way of increasing income-generating activities.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Two months ago, my cow called giving birth to a calf. I milk up to 10 liters of milk. Selling this milk gives me income that I can use to meet my family's needs including food. It made me very happy since I had waited for the cow to give birth. This also means I now have three cows on my farm which is an increase in the assets I own.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of finances is the main challenge. We are farmers depending on farm produce to earn a living. Farming here is seasonal due to poor rains. Sometimes it floods or there are prolonged droughts. This affects farming. I farm vegetable nurseries and sell the seedlings. It is demanding and needs a constant water supply. During dry seasons, we do not get to sell any seedlings or we are forced to look for water to irrigate which is tiresome since our source of water is far.