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Bahathi's family
Bahathi
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
40
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Imagine having a family of six children who needs to get basic education without a source of a stable income. Over the years, I have been depending on agricultural farming where I mainly grow maize and peas for my own consumption. However, this has changed due to persistent drought facing our village that has made farming difficult. Consequently, this forced me to look for alternative ways to put food on the table. This made me start charcoal burning business which is illegal, but because it is the only means for survival, I have no choice but do the illegal business. What is more worrying is that there are no more trees for cutting and burning. This has affected the business which earns me less than 2000KES a week. This is not enough to meet the basic needs of my family. My ambition has been to buy goats that I will sell in the market when they multiply in order to educate my children. Upon receiving this money, I will be able to purchase ten goats at a cost of 40,000 KES which survive dry weather conditions. I will then use the remaining amount to pay school fees and buy new school uniform for my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Last month, I made a lot of profit of 10,000 KES from selling my charcoal unlike the other months where I make at most 5000 KES. This helped me reduce the school fee arrears that have accrued from last term. This made me happy as it relieved me from the stress of my children being sent away from school.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Over two years now, I have been suffering from chest complications. Sometimes I spit blood when I cough. This has made me being economically inactive and dependent on my spouse to meet the basic needs of my family. However, I have not been able to seek medication due to lack of money. Upon receiving the cash transfer, I will use part of it to seek medication so that I can restore my health and engage in economic activities once again.