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Subsistence farming
Kenya Large Transfer
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access_time 9 days ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
As a family of four, we depend on farming to earn a living, which requires irrigation and, consequently, fuel. Purchasing fuel is somewhat expensive, costing $20 per week to irrigate my 2 acres of land. Our alternative source of income is charcoal burning, although it is not always reliable. At the moment, my maize farm is doing well but requires a bit more maintenance. When I receive my transfers, I plan to spend $100 on irrigating my maize farm to ensure a successful harvest and produce food for my family. Additionally, I will spend $200 for school fees for my children in grade 12 and pre-primary 1. The rest of the transfers will go towards clearing a debt for the land I had partially purchased in Ilchurai village. Being able to maintain our farm, ensure my children’s education, and settle our debts gives me a renewed sense of hope and relief. The thought of providing for my family without the constant stress of financial uncertainty brings immense joy and peace of mind.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Even without a constant source of income to support my family of four, I am glad they have never lacked food, clothing, or school fees. As a family, we depend on farming for our livelihood, but the recent floods claimed our farm. Our alternative source of income—charcoal burning—was also affected, as the majority of the trees were swept away. The few trees that remain provide just enough income to ensure we have food on the table. Despite these challenges, I am grateful that we have managed to meet our basic needs and keep moving forward.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial constraints are a significant challenge I am currently facing. As a family of four, we depend on maize farming to earn a living. However, this area experiences long dry seasons, necessitating irrigation. Purchasing fuel for irrigation is expensive, and I typically rely on charcoal burning to buy the fuel. Unfortunately, the recent floods that swept through our village, Murda, destroyed many trees, leaving me without any source of income. I am now deeply concerned about our food security. Without a steady income to purchase fuel and maintain our farm, we may face severe food shortages if we do not strive hard to make ends meet.