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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life that has been brought about by this transfer is the fact that I have been able to have peace of mind from within the family and even the neighborhood. I have been able to have peace of mind after paying school fees for my children, something which will see me relax for quite sometime as I accumulate more money to top it up. I have had peace with neighbors who would often scold me for letting my chicken into their compounds claiming that they brought them losses after feeding on their green vegetables.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt so happy the moment I received my transfer. I awoke my husband and shared the good news with him at that time of the night and he was equally happy. We then brainstormed on some of the plans we had agreed to accomplish as we purposed to put every coin into meaningful use.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used KES 20000 to buy chicken wire and used the remaining amount to pay school fees for my children who are in various schools. I chose to buy chicken wire since I have been having a difficult time solving conflicts with my neighbors whenever my chicken crosses over to their compound. I know I will now have peace with them once I put up a perimeter fence around my compound. This will also enable me to do more poultry keeping and make more profits that will change my living standards in the long run.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a poultry farmer of 100 chicken. Accordingly I am planning to spend the first transfer to buy a chain-link to fence the compound so as to practice free range farming. My poultry will have access to more natural food for increased production. Over and above there will be no more destruction of my neighbor's vegetable farm as they formerly did when my chicken roamed freely.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am a fulltime shopkeeper. Some of the items that people buy most from my store include household stuff like sugar, soap, salt and cooking oil.
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when taking stock of the day's profits after a successful day. My success metrics include the number of people I serve in a day, low number of customers who've bought items on credit and the amount of profits at the end of the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Whereas my husband owns and operates a hardware store, I also run a shopkeeping business. But I wish i would say that we are proud business people. Paying school fees for our four children demands so much resources this destabilizing our businesses. Our first born is in college, second and third in secondary school and last born joining high school come January next year. There are so much money required for their education than our businesses can churn out. It is hard to make savings when the profits we make all go to school fees.