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For a long time I have had a hard time when hosting guests in my home due to lack of seats. My priority upon receiving my first transfer is to buy 4 sets of seats worth Kshs 10,000 (100usd) and 2 tables for Kshs 2000 (20usd). Actualizing this is going to boost my esteem and make me proud of my home.
I spend about 4 days in a week working as a casual in people's farms planting and weeding maize while sometimes fencing. I do this for lack of alternative source of income. But this is going to change from next month upon receiving my first cash transfer. I intend to invest in a poultry project for self employment. I expect my poultry house to cost Kshs 6,000 (60usd) and spend another Kshs 10,000 (100usd) to buy 20 chicken layers. Upon completion,my project is literally going to feed my family of 5 without having to rely on tedious manual jobs in the village.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I rely so much on manual jobs in the village to earn a living. I work so hard to make sure I earn as much dues out of tasks I am assigned. For most days it would be planting and wedding people's maize farms. Having worked since morning, I would call it a day in the afternoon around 2:00pm with at least Kshs 200 (2usd) in my pocket. This is the happiest part of my day. I pass by a nearby shop and walk back home with so much gusto knowing I have won my family another day against hunger.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Starvation! In my community maize planting season only occurs once a year. Being an ASAL area, there is a perennial drought for most parts of the year. As a result, harvesting low yields in my 0.5 acre piece of land is not sufficient to sustain my family needs till the next planting season the following year. This results in dire consequences like lack of food, clothing and inconsistent attendance of school for two of my children due to hunger. This is the biggest hardship I've faced in my life.