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Mary
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Raising livestock
faceAge:
52
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means initiating a poultry project that will enable me to earn some income upon selling eggs and chicken after they multiply. I will have to buy some wiremesh and barbed wire for fencing my compound in order to restrict the chicken from going to my neighbour's farms to destroy crops then buy materials for constructing the chicken coop before i buy mature chicks and their feeds to start up the project with. The remaining part of my transfer will enable me to pay next term's school fees with ease.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My typical day involves waking up as early as 6.30 in the morning to milk my two fressian cows, after which i prepare breakfast for my family then head to the shopping center to sell milk before coming back home to feed my herd. Its during this time that i am always happy ensuring my cattle are well fed since its the only source of income i depend on
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My first born daughter died 5 years ago leaving behind two children who have been under my care since then. The burden of taking care of these children together with my own two sons is the biggest hardship i have faced since i am a single mother with no one to support me financially. I depend on dairy farming where as per now only two of my cattle produce milk for sale. However, sometimes they produce less especially during drought something that pushes me to engage in casual jobs despite my age and deteriorating health. I hope that things will change when i start up poultry keeping as an alternative source of income