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My greatest want has been school fees. I managed to take to school three of my children while the last born is yet to join because we do not have enough money to pay the admission fees. The last time my children had new school uniforms is when they were joining the school. They put on rugged and patched school attires which make me embarrassed as a parent. The transfers will help in me in clearing the 5 000KES fee arrears accumulated over years. I will spend 4 500 to dress the children with new school uniforms. My plan is to save 2000KES towards realization of the above mentioned needs as the rest is spent in providing food for the family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I used to take care of my fathers goats when I was young and it was my desire to have my own. On getting married, financial constraints could not allow us to get one. I could sit and watch covetiously as my neighbours watch over their goats. A relative gave me his goats to look after as he was faced by a challenge of missing grassing yard in where he stays. He gave me a she-goat when the time came to take them. Two weeks ago I was very happy when the goat gave birth to twins. I am optimistic come next year, I will also be owning several goats.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
With 8 000 KES as the monthly salary, my husband has been sending home about 1000 every week which when subjected to the family needs, it only goes to purchasing food stuffs. It is very rare to find someone in my family with a new attire. In fact the last time we had new clothes was during the new celebration. The children have to put on second hand uniforms given as donations from friends. It has reduced my dignity as a mother. In addition, we are faced by hunger as we take only breakfast and skip lunch on daily basis.