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Philista's family
Philista
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
67
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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access_time 2 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means my grandson will complete his university education and graduate next year. I am a widow and I am looking after my grandson who his father left behind and went to live in another town. Due to old age, I strain alot to get money to pay for his KES 100,000 university school fees per year. I only depend on my one dairy cow that produces 3 litres of milk per day which I sell to earn daily income. However how much I struggle to save money, it is hardly enough to cater for all his needs from shelter, food and school fees. I was very happy to hear that Givedirectly was coming to my village because it will lift the burden from me. I plan on spending KES 50,000 to pay for his final semester school fees and use KES 30,000 to buy another dairy cow.
What is the happiest part of your day?
In July this year, my only cow calfed and that brought me happiness. I get KES 90 per day from selling 3 litres of milk that I get in surplus after using 2 litres for home consumption. This has enabled me to meet my basic needs such as food and other necessities comfortably. I am grateful to God because I nolonger bother my children to give me money for food.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I live in a semi arid area and for the last few years our land has been very unproductive. Maize does not do well and we depend on livestock keeping. Sometimes it fails to rain for several months and milk production goes down affecting my income directly. I am forced to buy everyday maize meal that costs me KES 50 which I find it difficult to raise sometimes.