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The transfers have come at an opportune time since the drought has become a big problem for us. The first thing I intend to do is to purchase food. I plan to buy a bag of maize at 50 dollars and other food stuff at about 100 dollars. I also plan to spend part of the money to fence my farm so that I can deter livestock from destroying my crops during the planting season. To accomplish this I plan to use 180 dollars. For the remaining transfers, I intend to pay for my two sons' school fees. The transfers will surely change my life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiness in the past six months has come from my son Brian who has done me proud. He sat for his national exams last year in November and managed to get a grade that takes him to the university. Despite the challenges of lack of money, this greatly delighted me since I have hope for a better future for him and also for our family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The main challenge I'm faced with at the moment is the lack of money and drought. Due to prolonged drought, it has been 2 years since we grew crops in our farm and harvested. This has led my family and I to lack food on our table. coupled with the high inflation rates purchasing foodstuff has become expensive and therefore we are forced to go hungry sometimes. In addition to this we also lack money for school fees and my son, Collins who was in form two last year had to drop out of school. I have a son, Brian, who is joining university this year and I don't have money to pay for his tuition.