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Receiving this money means a spacious house to my family. I am now living in a one bed room house which is not enough for a family of five members. I plan to spend KES 40,000 to build a two roomed house to accommodate me and my children. I will also spend KES 20000 to purchase eight goats which do well in our area. The remaining amount will help me to cater for other basic needs such as food, water and emergency.
What is the happiest part of your day?
In the last six month life has not been easy for family. I am old and still doing charcoal production business as source of livelihood. The job is energy draining and in a month I earn KES 2400 which is so little for a family of six members. Due to this I have been struggling to put food on the table for my household. Last week when I was resting at my house, my village elder informed me that there will be relief food distribution tomorrow at the chief office. I went and received 10kgs of maize and 2 kgs of beans.This brought me joy and happiness because I got food that will take me for one week and spend my proceeds on other basic needs such as water.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The challenge that I am currently facing is food insecurity and water shortage due to prolonged drought. It has been three years since we received adequate rain in our area. This has led to all water pans in the area drying up resulting to anxiety and depression. I am a house wife who rely on casual labour of charcoal production which is labour intensive and the return is not sustainable for a family of six members on both food and water. My earnings of KES 2400 per month goes to food only. Sometimes I sleep without bathing, something that is embarrassing.