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When I dropped out of school at an early age due to financial challenges, I opted to be a farmer. I do livestock keeping and crop farming but as a result of inconsistent rainfall, I left venturing into crops. For the past three years, my income has not been stable, and providing the basic needs for my family of 11 is an uphill task. Receiving these transfers will enable me to supplement my income and ensure food security for them. I plan on leasing an acre piece of land at an irrigation site and planting maize from which I project earning profits after four months. The rest of the transfer I will use to purchase school necessities for my children and pay for school levies. The transfers have come at the time that I needed them most and I am thankful to God for the chance to change our lives for the better.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The joy of every parent is to see their children leading a happy life always and it is their success that matters most. Proper education is what I desire for my nine children and I work hard to provide all the school necessities. Three months ago was my happiest because my first and second-born children passed their primary-level examinations and joined secondary. I am hopeful that the rest shall follow suit and be able to have a better life in the future.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The persistent drought in our area has been a challenge. For the past four years, there has been a change in weather patterns that have resulted in minimum rainfall during the planting season. Our farms have been unproductive all along and also livestock lack enough feeds sometimes resulting in them dying which is a loss in our income. As a result , we are forced to purchase water two kilometers away at a cost of $2 each day yet we earn $ 4 from casual jobs. The remaining amount is hardly enough to purchase food for my family of eleven.