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access_time 13 days ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
My wife, Selly deals in the grocery business. She purchases the products in Eldama Ravine on market days which is Mondays and Thursdays and sells them in the village. She moves from house to house selling the products. It is a good business that has sustained us for a while now though the business suffered a major blow when part of the capital was used to pay school fees. It is for this reason that we intend to inject part of the transfers to boost her capital.We are extremely happy that this transfer will be a big enabler to breathe a new lease of life to the business which had otherwise hit on headwinds. We intend to use $ 300 to add to her capital and revamp on her business. The rest of the money will go toward purchase of a water tank and wire mesh for fencing the compound.
What is the happiest part of your day?
We have a small piece of land, approximately a half an acre in Eldama Ravine.It is an highland area and often receives adequate rainfall. We had planted maize and beans and sometime in November we harvested 5 sags of maize and 2 sags of beans. We were extremely happy because it lessen the burden of purchasing food stuffs for household consumption. We were overjoyed since it was a bumper harvest and we have been food secure unlike our neighbours who are grappling with the biting food insecurity.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
We are faced with a multitude of challenges. We have had a prolonged period of drought that has led to severe water shortage and pasture scarcity, so bad is the situation that wells and river source have dried up. As a result,our livestock have suffered because of lack of water coupled with the depleted pasture. We are forced to buy water at a high price price from vendors, it can get as high as $2 per 20 liter of water.If the situation does not change we foresee a situation where goats will be wiped by the vagaries of drought. The cost of pastures is too high and unaffordable and therefore we are just left to the mercy of fate because we have no means to salvage the situation.