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To get the right mixture of mud to smear my house, I have to walk on foot for about 3km to get. I then have to carry on my back as it is expensive to hire someone to do it for you. This is because I live in a semi-permanent house where the walls need to be repaired often due to the effects of rainfall or wind. Receiving this money means that I will use KES 45000 to fully plaster the walls of my house. This will in turn iron out the issues of constant repairs and ensure the appearance of my house is maintained all through. I also intend to use the remaining balance to buy extra land so that I can be planting animal fodder.
What is the happiest part of your day?
We used to live in a 0.1-acre piece of land that was only enough to accommodate the main house and kitchen structures. In August last year, my husband withdrew his savings and we managed to add another 0.1 acres of adjacent land that gave us additional space to construct a poultry unit and keep 2 dairy cattle. This has brought joy into my life since I have additional tasks of rearing chicken and dairy cattle and in return having some income from the sale of their products.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food security is the biggest challenge that we are currently facing as a family. My husband is a foreman in a certain homestead and we mostly depend on his little pay to cater for our needs. A bigger percentage of his salary is for buying foodstuffs since the 0.2 acres of land we currently occupy does not leave any space to cultivate. This means that it will be difficult for us to cater for our family if one day his job ends.