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I am a widow with a family of two children. One is in secondary school and the other one is in primary school. Raising these children has never been easy for me considering that I have no stable source of income. My late husband used to provide for us but since he passed on, the responsibility landed on me. My main source of income is charcoal burning business which earns me less than 3000 KES a month. This amount is very little to save and educate my children. This has made my children to be on and off school due to fee arrears. My ambition has been to get money that I will use to educate my children. Receiving this money therefore, means paying school fees for my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My biggest challenge has been getting money to pay school fees for my children. One day around three months ago, my daughter who is in class six was sent home due to lack of school fees. He stayed for a week. Fortunately, one of my brothers just sent me 6000 KES. I had a fee balance of 4000 KES. I cleared the balance and my daughter went back to school. I then used the remaining amount to buy food. This brought joy and happiness to me because I suffered a lot of stress not knowing where to get this money from.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of money to pay school fees for my children is the main challenge that I am facing currently. Imagine being a widow with a family of two children. All of them are attending school but you have no money to pay for their basic education. This is the current situation that I am currently in. Over the years, I have been depending on subsistence farming. However, due to the prolonged drought in our village, this is not possible. I am now forced to do charcoal burning business which is illegal but because it is the only means for survival in our village, I have no choice. This business earns me less than 3000 KES a month which is not enough to meet my basic needs. My ambition has been to get an alternative source of income that I can use to save and educate my children. Upon receiving this money, I will buy ten goats that will cost 30000 KES which I will sell in the market when they multiply and save to educate my children.