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We have been struggling to raise school fees for our two children who are at secondary school. In brief, we are currently trying to pay off arrears of KES 20000. So, receiving this money means we shall manage to pay off all the arrears to allow our children to enjoy ample study time. Lately, they have been away from school since they would be sent home to collect the money. Besides, receipt of this money suggests that there will be adequate food in our household. Currently, we are experiencing food inefficiencies due to unfavorable climatic conditions and the laxity of funds.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Three months ago, we acquired a dairy cow worth KES 30000 using savings that I had accumulated through a merry-go-round program that we joined with my neighbors. Before this, we had never afforded to buy a cow (prestigious livestock in our community). From the KES 52000 that I received when my turn arrived, we paid school fees for our children using KES 20000. Overall, the savings act as the primary element that has attracted joy in our family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Currently, we are facing a myriad of challenges. First, our self-esteem is so low due to the inadequacy of seats in our house. Also, our house is yet to be completed - some partitioning and completion of walls have to be done. Secondly, having our children absent from school due to fee arrears is something that gives us sleepless nights. As responsible parents, we would like to ensure that our children pursue their educational goals without any disturbance. Thirdly, we have experienced continued insufficiency of food in our household because only 0.4 acres of our 1-acre farm is arable.