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Receiving this money means a better livelihood for my family of six. We own an acre of a farm that is too small to produce enough farm produce to feed my family. For the better of the year, we purchase foodstuff including milk and maize flour. It costs us approximately KES 10,000 a month which is very costly to us considering we are peasant farmers. The much that my husband makes as a chicken hawker, goes to meeting needs for my four school-going children. The one cow we have now is not ours, we borrowed from a relative but we would wish to have our own too. I, therefore, plan to spend KES 50,000 to purchase a dairy cow that will not only earn me an income but also feed my young children. For the rest of the amount, I will buy furniture for my house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The last three months have been our rainy season. We usually wait for these rains so that we could begin planting. I was able to plant maize in a quarter of a farm. It is looking good and healthy so far. I can only hope that it continues like this to maturity. It will go a long way in helping me feed my family come next year.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest challenge is insufficient finances that are brought about by inconsistent income. The small chicken business that my husband operates is not sustainable as many people around our area also own lots of chicken. If he's lucky to sell, it is with low prices. Sometimes he is forced to track with chicken for more than ten kilometers to a bigger town so that he can fetch better prices