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Everyday my household uses milk worth KSH 50, and each month it amounts to KSH 1500. It will be economical for us if I can save up on the money we use in purchasing milk by having a dairy cow of our own. My priority for this money is to purchase a dairy cow worth KSH 35,000. This way my children can have enough milk for the house and we will sell some of the milk to get income. I plan on using some of my transfer in paying school fees for my 5 children and buying cabbage and kale seeds to be planted and cater for the food shortage problem we are currently facing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
In the past years my region has been subjected to drought and the rainy season pattern has changed. Since most of us depend on farming and casual jobs it has been a struggle to get an income especially from farm produce. But in the past 6 months there has been some rainy months and I've used this opportunity to plant some kales, beans and maize. I'm hopeful that the weather will be favourable and I can harvest and sell the produce to get extra income.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I work as a gardener at Siongiroi Health center and my salary for each month is KSH 6,000. I have 5 children in school and for each I'm required to pay KSH 1,500 school fees per term. With my salary alone I'm not able to fully pay their fees nor buy enough food for the household.