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I have been worrying about the future of my family and how to educate my children as a single mother/parent without a reliable source of income. Specifically, I will start my business of trading second-hand clothes within our vicinity. Since I am the sole breadwinner for my family yet farming has proven unprofitable in our area, diversifying our source of livelihood is crucial. I will use approximately KES 40000 of the transfer on starting up the business. Also, I will spend about KES 35000 on purchasing another cow as an investment. Any remaining amount shall be used on improving our house since it looks tattered.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Four months ago, we harvested two sacs of maize in our 0.2 acres of land. Such a bumper harvest brought us joy as a family since we had enough food for about two months. Since the emergence of maize lethal necrosis disease and the prolonged period of droughts in our area, our maize crops usually get destroyed, leaving us with inadequate food in our household.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of food acts as one of the challenges we are currently facing as a family. The subsistence farming that we usually rely on for our livelihood has become unfruitful due to the emergence of tropical diseases and the adverse effects of climate change. Also, I have been struggling in vain to start up a business due to the absence of capital. As such, we have been leading a somehow pessimistic life.