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What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
When I receive my first transfers, my priority will be meeting the basic needs of my family of seven, including food and clothing. Currently, I live hand-to-mouth, relying on unpredictable casual jobs to put food on the table. With the second transfer, I have planned a strategic spending: $250 will go towards purchasing five goats, adding to the three I currently own. These goats represent a future investment for my family, ensuring our financial stability in a pastoralist community where livestock signifies wealth. Additionally, I will spend $100 to cultivate my 1-acre plot of land, aiming to provide food directly for my household. The remainder of the funds will be invested in starting a retail shop business. This venture aims to provide a stable source of income, eliminating the need for unreliable casual jobs. I envision using the profits from the shop to not only support my family but also to reinvest in the business and further improve our quality of life. With these plans, I am determined to break free from the cycle of hardship and create a brighter future.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Coming from a pastoralist community, owning livestock, especially goats, signifies wealth and security. Last year, I was able to purchase a goat with the profits from the maize I cultivated on my 1-acre plot of land. Due to my circumstances, I entrusted the goat to a friend for care, as it was my only one at the time. Recently, I received joyful news: the goat had sired twins. This unexpected blessing not only delighted me personally but also represents a significant investment for my family of seven. The twins are a valuable addition to my flock, ensuring its growth and sustainability for the future. In our community, each goat is more than just livestock; it symbolizes resilience and prosperity. This experience reaffirms my belief in the importance of livestock in sustaining our livelihood and heritage.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Raising five children single-handedly is an immense challenge I am currently navigating. As the sole breadwinner, my livelihood depended entirely on farming. However, the recent floods swept away my 1-acre maize plantation and 0.5-acre vegetable farm, leaving us without our primary source of income. The uncertainty of where our next meal will come from has left me feeling deeply anxious and depressed. To cope, I have taken up casual jobs such as charcoal burning and harvesting vegetables. Unfortunately, these opportunities are seasonal, and there are times when I go without any income. This has forced me to rely on credit at the local shop for basic necessities, with the hope of repaying once I earn some money. The struggle to provide for my children during this challenging time weighs heavily on me.