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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have never been worried about taking loans to sustain my business. Before I got the money, I used to take loans twice a month. Once the transfer was sent I have been able to take care of my needs easily without the worries on beating my deadlines to clear loans.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer I felt very happy. It was around 5.00 am in the morning. I was already awake just making sure that my children were ready for school when I heard a message on my phone. When I checked the content and realized that the transfer was sent, I immediately told my children. They were equally happy. I knew that most of my goals were going to be accomplished.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have been sewing sweaters for over three years but what was really draining me was the fact that I was operating on loans in order for it to run. on boosting my business. When I got my first transfer, I was very happy and the first thing that I thought of was to boost my business. I am glad that I did not have to take a loan this time. Apart from that, I managed to fence my compound. This was majorly to restrain my hens from destroying my neighbor's plants on the farm. The remaining amount was spent on labor. The worker helped me split timber which I will use to build a decent house. A timber house. I am tired of this mud one since smearing it has been hectic.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have a mud house and it has been a challenge maintaining it.This is due to scarcity of time to mend the walls.Mud walls require frequent repairs while most of the time I am busy working.I therefore have a plan of building a two bedroom house made of timber using the first transfer.For the second transfer I want to expand poultry farming.I will fence my compound using a wire mesh.The challenge I have had with poultry is with predators like eagles and limiting them to my compound will help a lot.I will invest the remaining money in my tailoring business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I feed the cows during the morning hours then I embark on sewing sweaters during the afternoon.The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon.This is when I am seated sewing.Although this work requires concentration,I prefer it since it does not drain me like physical work.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
As a single mother,making ends meets is a big challenge since I am the sole provider.I am tailor specialising in sewing school uniform sweaters.My business blossoms only during peak seasons when the schools are opening.This means that most of the time I do not get enough money from it to satisfy all the basic needs.I work from my home since I find it cheaper.Renting a place to open a tailoring shop is expensive.I prefer doing it from my home as people book order .I also sell my products during market days.The little money I get has prevented me from expanding my business.My dream is buying another type of sewing machine that can make school shirts and shorts.I would also like to get enough money to rent a shop at the nearby shopping centre so that I can attract more customers.