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Subsistence farming
Kenya Standard Remote
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I separated with my wife 3 years ago after 14 years of being together. My father-in-law asked her to abandon her matrimonial home because I could not raise KES 70000 for her dowry. She left me with four children whom I struggle day and night to fend for. I feel lonely without her and I desire to have her back home. I do casual jobs such as fencing and weeding in other people's farms to earn a living. These jobs pay as low as KES 100 per day and raising my wife's dowry has been just but a dream. Receiving this money will mean a lot to me as it will get my wife home after years of being away.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I live in a 0.25-acre piece of land and 6 months ago I planted tomatoes which did so well. Three months ago I harvested 8 crates and sold them to local vendors at 600 per crate, earning me KES 4800. I was able to do enough shopping for my children and this made me very happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food insecurity is the biggest challenge that I currently face. I have no formal job and I depend on casual jobs like tending to other people's livestock to make ends meet. I earn KES 100-150 per day and I have 4 children to look after. I separated with my wife 3years ago and providing the most basic needs has been an overwhelming task for me. My young children have developed a habit of going to neighbors' houses whenever they suspect that food is ready and this has made me feel so inadequate.