Silas Balinda is a farmer and resident of Kanombe Sector in Kicukiro District. He is married with three children, two in secondary school, while the youngest is in primary five.
Balinda says that although he has been hard working, it has always been a challenge for him to raise school fees from his little seasonal harvest.
“Although I have been engaging in certain income generation activities, I do it alongside farming since it has for seven years been my main source of income,” Balinda narrates.
He adds that, “Given the small piece of land on which I have been carrying out farming, it was so hard to make ends meet.”
He explains that in addition to feeding, he automatically had to sell off the largest part of his produce to cater for other basic family needs including paying school fees and medical care.