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Julia's family
Raising livestock
Kenya Large Transfer
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access_time 17 days ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
We thank God for bringing GiveDirectly to our village. The transfers have come at an opportune time when we needed it the most. We intend to use the first transfers to purchase food since this is one of the main challenges we are facing. We plan to buy a bag of maize at $60 and half a bag of beans at $50. This will ensure that we have enough food to last us for the rest of the year. For the remaining amount, we plan to pay part of the school fees for our daughter Sharon. For the second and third transfers, we plan to offset school fees for our children; Joan, Sharon, and Koech who are in different schools. This will be a great step for me and my husband since we owe the schools a total of $400. For the remaining amount, we are planning to have a small vegetable farm and because of the disturbance from the livestock within our village, we intend to fence a small piece of land. This will ensure that we have good vegetables both for our consumption and to also sell to our neighbors and in the shopping center.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiness in the last 6 months has come from the rains that we received a month ago (April). It has taken about 3 years since we've had good rains which led to severe drought. This forced us to go for long distances looking for water and pasture for the livestock. However, with the recent rains, we've been able to have water nearby and also plenty of shrubs and grass for our livestock. This made us very happy and thankful to the almighty God.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The greatest challenge my family and I are facing currently is the lack of food. Due to the prolonged droughts, we've had to buy food from the local stores which are quite expensive. This has forced us to buy small amounts of food which is not enough. In addition to this, the high cost of living has made it impossible for us to purchase foodstuff since it is very expensive. This makes life very difficult since we have 6 children who depend on us for providence.