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Like I have explained to you, I have a problem with my right leg making it hard for me to comfortably walk long distances hence has an impact on my source of livelihood; selling peanut through hawking. I therefore want to get another way of generating income that is somehow passive. So far, I have been considering poultry farming. My main reasons being that it's not expensive to start and the chicken are easy to sell when need be. Among the few things I need to start are just a chicken coop, one sac of starter feeds, some medications and one hundred chicks. All that plus construction cost I have estimated to be $500.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have had a lot of struggle through my hawking business given that I have a problem with my right leg and can not comfortably walk long distances. But recently I got to feel really happy when my child who's been jobless for quite sometime finally got another motorcycle for taxi business. He lost the one he had four months ago and has been living through support from friends and me. Over that period I even borrowed $220 for him from a particular organization so that he could pay his bills. I was afraid it wasn't going to be possible to pay back in time, but he managed to raise that money and sent it all to me last month. I felt so relieved and happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of reliable sources of income and poor agricultural practices. We do not have better ways of generating income and because we largely depend on subsistence farming, I would say our crude agricultural practices also contribute in low yield that puts us all in constant poverty. Currently I'm hawking roasted peanuts through the villages and sometimes at Matanomanne trading center. It's somehow slow and can only generate around $3 daily. This much can only buy food.