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I am a livestock keeper. However, I have to lease the land where I can graze them at a cost of 50 USD per month, because my farm is quite small. I have already began buying a parcel near my compound but I paused due to lack of funds. I get about 20 USD per month from selling milk. My husband is a casual worker earning about 5 USD per day. Cumulatively, the money we get is just enough for food and to lease the grazing land.I plan to spend the money from GiveDirectly to acquire more land closer home, and even grow nappier grass for the animals. As a result, I hope to get about 40 USD per month.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening. This is because I usually focus on working both my farm and tendering my livestock. This means that I am always busy during the day. I enjoy the evenings because this is when I get time to rest, knowing that I have completed my day's tasks and that all my farming efforts are eventually, generating income that I will use to meet my needs.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face is lack of a source of income. In this area, it is only profitable to rear livestock. With a small piece of land like mine, this becomes a burden instead because I have to spend a lot of money to get their feeds. It is therefore, difficult to rely on this activity to provide for my family, especially food. This situation is worsened by the fact that maize do not do well here due to the poor weather conditions.