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What does receiving this money mean to you?
During heavy rains in this area,water usually accumulates underground and then seeps in through the surface especially in areas that are sloppy or near the river.Unfortunately for me,this is where my house sits and I have had this problem for so many years.Sometimes the house is fully flooded and I have to seek shelter in neighbour's houses.I had planned to plaster the floor but I fell ill and with the high costs of treatment,I could not go beyond collecting materials. Receiving this money means that I will finally be able to complete this and get over my perennial problem.This will cost around Sh 20,000.I would also like to replace the livestock I sold to cater for my treatment and I think this is a very good opportunity to do this.I will use the remainder of my transfers for this.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I spend most of my day resting.This is because in my current condition (post heart surgery) I still do not have the strength to perform even the lightest household chores.I have a grandchild who looks after me and since she goes to school,I spend most of my day alone.This makes me very lonely.In the evening when she comes back,am usually very happy because I now have someone I can talk and while away time with.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Abou three years ago,I fell ill.It is something that came gradually and at first I ignored it .With time,it advanced and got to a point where I was always very weak and could hardly perform any work around the homestead.My children took me to a hospital in town in 2020 where it was discovered that I had an irregular heartbeat (Arrhythmia),and for my particular case it was a slow heartbeat.I was booked in for an expensive surgery where a pacemaker was put.The total cost of the treatment was Sh 400,000.You can imagine where a peasant farmer,a widow,could get this amount from.My health insurance covered half the amount and we raised the rest by selling all the livestock that my late husband left me.Even though I am enroute to recovery,I still cannot work and this means I fully depend on my children to provide.I also do not have any other assets aside from this land which is quite unproductive.Not being able to work to meet my day to day needs has been the biggest hardship I have faced