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My sister, Winny, is currently in grade 8 and she will be sitting for her KCPE examination in a week. Hopefully, she will be joining grade 9 in January 2023. Paying her school fees has been a challenge since I have not had any savings yet and we have to live from hand to mouth. It is a sigh of relief now, for I intend to clear her grade 9 fee as well as purchase her admission requirements using the transfers. In addition, I plan on fencing the land that I inherited from my deceased mother. On this land, I will cultivate drought resistant crops such as ground nuts and sorghum for food and income generation for my family of 3.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Although we live from hand to mouth, I am grateful that my family of 3 has never lacked food to eat. I usually attend casual jobs such as charcoal burning and land cultivation to earn $2 daily. Even though these jobs are unpredictable, I am glad that a week cannot pass without being engaged 3-4 times. What worries me most is when they have not eaten since I took the parental role on them and they look up to me for provision.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
When my mother passed on in 2016, I took over her responsibilities of raising my 2 siblings. My father remarried and he then abdicated his father's duties to us. Therefore to make ends meet, I attend casual jobs like charcoal burning and land cultivation to earn $2 daily. All of this only caters for the food for the household and I have nothing to pay for school fees for my siblings. It pains me to see my family's anguish in poverty as tomorrow is almost uncalled for we live from hand to mouth.