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I have been slowly building my house but at some point it stalled because of lack of money.My priority has been paying school fees for my children.I am now happy that Give Directly has come to my rescue and I will be able to complete the finishing bit of the house.This will cost me Ksh 15,000(150 USD).I will also construct a kitchen to replace the old grass thatched one that I have.This will cost me another Ksh 15,000.The second transfer will come in time when school will be reopening in January. This will help me in paying school fees which has been my biggest worry.For the first term of the year I am required to pay Ksh 26,000 for one child in a boarding secondary school and Ksh 6,000 for another in day secondary school.What remains of the transfers will help me invest more in poultry and crop farming which has been helping me a lot in meeting the basic needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I spend the morning hours feeding and looking after the cows.I enjoy the morning hours since they are my busiest and at the end of the day I get to enjoy the fruits of my labour. I sell 5 litres of milk in a day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
With the tough economic times,life has been a real struggle.My husband works with the Ministry of Agriculture but is a drunkard.This stresses me a lot because at times he spends a lot on alcohol leaving us with little to depend on.I feel the weight here at home because I am forced to work extra hard as a farmer in order to supplement what he provides for us.My joy is seeing him a more responsible family man.This will give me peace of mind and will automatically translate to a more stable family.