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I managed to harvest one bag of maize only during the last harvest season, which lasted my household of eight for only 1 month. I, therefore, intend to use KES 15,000 to buy 5 bags of maize that will take us through the next six months. My four children wear tattered school uniforms when going to school and their shoes are also worn out. I will spend ksh 8,000 to replace their old uniforms. Receiving this money also means an additional income to my family. I usually sell 6 liters of milk produced by the 3 cattle I own, for KES 300 daily and so one more cow means an additional KES 100.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My wife gave birth to a baby girl a month ago. Her pregnancy had lots of complications which led to her being advised to take bed-rests during her pregnancy journey. The doctors kept on insisting that she will end up giving birth through the caesarian way and this was so daunting to me given that I nearly lost her the last time she was operated on in her first pregnancy. We kept on praying and our faith in natural delivery was a dream come true since she successfully delivered the natural way. My joy was depicted at that moment and I ended up naming my child "Faith".
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I had been working on a 2-year contract in one of the county's construction companies, and my job came to a halt two months ago. I used to earn KES 12,000 monthly, which was enough to pay school fees for my four children. I had cleared last term's fees arrears but for this term, I haven't been able to pay even a single cent which has forced my children to stay back home. The only option I have is to sell my livestock against my wish, to clear school fees arrears. This is the greatest challenge I'm currently facing.