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Subsistence farming
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
When I was a teacher before retirement I was in a community SACCO that I was using to do some savings. Since I retired my pension money has not been enough to take care of the responsibilities in the family and remain with some for savings. My plans for the SACCO were to save and take a loan to start a business that can give me good returns. I desired to continue with the savings but unfortunately, lack of money hindered me from doing so. Receiving these transfers will enable me to continue with my savings plan so that I can have enough shares to give me a good loan.
What is the happiest part of your day?
We usually come together as a family every December where we celebrate by slaughtering a goat and chicken. I was worried that last year will not be the same because I did not have enough money but my children surprised me. They came together and contributed enough money to take care of all the expenses and the remaining money after the budget helped with some small repairs in the house. This brought joy and happiness into my life because I never knew that all will happen.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The drought in my area has made life very difficult for us because nowadays we have to buy everything even water that we used to get from the streams. The pension money that I thought would help me in taking care of my family plus my sick mother is not enough because of the inflation rate in the country. It is frustrating and stressful being the breadwinner yet I cannot provide for my family. Insufficient money in the household is therefore the current challenge that I face in life.