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Receiving this money means better education for my nephew who was left by her late mother under my care. The child is currently in primary school hoping to sit for his final exam in early next year. I plan to take him to a school of his choice as per his marks from the final exam. With the second transfer, I plan to buy beddings currently, I sleep on sacks and wooden roped beds. I am not comfortable with the beddings I cannot invite friends and relatives. Buying the beddings will boost my self-esteem and I welcome anybody to my house. I rear cows and I have two bulls, I plan to buy a plough which will help me cultivate huge lands and rent at a fee to others.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I had stayed for two years without a phone because I had misplaced it. Two months ago I bought a new smartphone, I had not used a smartphone my entire life. Using a smartphone for the first time brought joy to my life, I wanted everyone in the village to know I got one.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Not having a stable source of income is the challenge I am currently facing. I am a substance farmer and with the pronged drought, I was left with nothing to do. I had to start cutting firewood and burning charcoal which I was not used to doing. This has made me sleep tired and not being productive. The revenue I used to get KES 1500 per week cannot cater to food and water. This worries me because I sometimes eat one meal per day or even sleep without eating.