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Subsistence farming
Kenya Large Transfer
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access_time 14 days ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Having a blind spouse is a big challenge that I have experienced in my life. This is because, since we lack a toilet, I am forced to take him to the bush every time. This has become a risk because our area is bushy, also, it's a tiresome responsibility. Since I already have a pit, I intend to spend $150 to ensure we have a decent toilet at home. This will not only give me relief from visiting the bush but also promote our community's hygiene. Another project that is lingering in my mind is to keep goats. This is a profitable project and I plan to invest in it. I intend to spend $300 of the money to buy 10 goats. This will act as my long-term investment to help us in the future. The remaining amount will help me to construct a kitchen since I currently use my house as a bedroom, store as well as kitchen. Achieving this will mean a better livelihood and this is generally what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
A roped bed with sacks is what I have been calling my bedding for many years. Although this can cause discomfort at night due to the pain from the ropes, we have survived the challenges. In December last year during the festive season, my son bought us a new mattress. This replaced the rugged sacks and we are currently enjoying our nights due to the comfort we are getting. Hence, this is basically what has brought me joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband is living with disability since he is blind. Since we are the only two people who stay full-time at home, It has forced me to stay indoors all through the day as I take care of him. This situation has hindered me from taking tasks outside home and it means, we fully depend on my son who works in Mombasa to send us some cash. Although he has been supportive, sometimes he fails to send us money because he has his family to support. Hence, I consider financial instability as my biggest challenge.