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In their own words: Grace, Bonphas, and Joyce

Grace, Bonphas, and Joyce spoke to our registration team this week, prior to receiving their cash transfers. All three talked to our team about: 1) how they would like to spend their transfer, 2) their happiest part of the day, 3) their proudest achievement, 4) their greatest hardship, and 5) their current goals.


Grace

Grace inside thatched roof home

Grace, 48, is a widow. She lives with four children.

I would like to use part of the money to build a new house since my house is in a very bad condition. Secondly, I would wish to pay fees for my son to go to a technical institute. Lastly, I would like to pay school fees for my son who is in form two.

My happiest part of the day is in the afternoon when I have lunch with my children.

My proudest achievement is that I have managed to educate my son in secondary school.

My biggest hardship in life is [that I] lack a proper source of income.

My current goals are to build and own a pit latrine and dig a borehole since getting water is a very big problem.

Bonphas

Bonphas

Bonphas, age 47, lives with his wife Lilian and one child.

I would like to build a new  home so that I can be like others. I am also planning to buy livestock to keep my spouse busy as she takes care of them.

The happiest part of my day is in the morning when working in my banana Shamba because I know that we will reap something in future.

The achievement I’m proudest of is owning a bicycle.

The biggest hardship we are facing is inadequate food for the family.

My current goals are to own a butchery and to be a poultry farmer.

Joyce

Joyce

Joyce, age 68, is a widow. She lives alone.

I would like to build a house because this one is leaking. I am also planning to buy furniture, bedding and a goat.

The happiest part of my day is in the evening when making baskets because it is the only source of income I have.

The achievement I’m proudest of is owning farm produce that is enough to sustain my life.

My biggest hardship is lack of money for buying medicine to keep me going.

My current goal is to be food secure.