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My family depends on subsistence farming of maize and selling milk. I'm forced to work in mining to support my family of 3. I own 2 cows and the milk produced from them we sell and get KSH 3600 per month.I hope to use this money in purchasing one dairy cow worth KSH 40,000. This will enable our income to grow from selling milk produced from the 3 cows. I will then use the remaining amount to pay school fees for my child, buy clothes for the family and repair my house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I'm the past 6 months my daughter who is 24 years of age came to aid for the family. After her secondary education I was not able to raise her school fees for college but she has been understanding and decided to look for a job. She was fortunate enough to land a job at a small supermarket in the next town and since then she sends remittances home. By her chipping in I'm worried less and I'm not forced to over work so as to provide for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I'm currently facing financial challenges to improve my family's livelihood. I depend on farming of maize and selling of milk but I only get around KSH 120 in a day from the milk sold. I'm forced to work in mining or stone cutting to get extra income. When I'm able to cut a lot of stones, I hawk them at construction sites. But on most days I don't sell. On days that I sell the stones I get KSH 1500. My son's school fees is also a challenge because I'm not able to pay for his fees all the time. Sometimes I subsidize farm produce as school fees when the principal is in good favour.