NAME ::: Hilmara Mbunda COUNTRY ::: Tanzania
I’m Hilmara Mbunda. I’m 54 years old and I’m a farmer. I live here in Kindimba Juu. I’m a widow and I have three children from my marriage.
What is most important to you?
What is most important to me is to keep my farming going and to be able to keep my family alive and being able to support them. It’s not always easy when farming is your only income, but so far I succeeded.
What has influenced you the most in your life?
I think what had a big influence on me were always things that kept me going and helped me go on in life. For instance some months ago, when I got the three goats. That influenced my life a lot, because it allows me to generate extra income and also a more stable income.
What has been an important turning point in your life?
When I was young I had a tough life and I think that changed a lot when I had my husband and we lived together. So that was a big turning point because life together got more easy and we shared things. But now I’m a widow and I’m getting older, what makes thing again becoming more difficult for me. Also because I have no real help right now as my children are not here.
What makes you happy?
What makes me happy is when my children are here and also the goats now. They are come kind of companions and also give me a more stable life with the income they generate with the milk I can sell.
What are you personally proud of?
I was always proud that I was able to live from farming, also after my husband died. It was not always easy, but I somehow managed.
What have been the biggest struggles in your life?
The biggest trouble I have is, that I’m sick with tuberculosis and also that I am quite lonely now, where my husband is dead and my children moved away for work. I think that loneliness is even a bigger struggle for me than the tuberculosis. My children are now away for work or they live with relatives, because I don’t have the money to take care of them.
The tuberculosis started already in 1999, so for a very long time, and I also got drugs for it, what helped me a lot, but still, I can’t always afford the drugs or even traveling to the hospital.
What would you change in your life, if you could change something?
If I could get help for the drugs I think that would help a lot as it would help me keeping healthy and that would empower me to work more with the farming and that would change my life in general. It’s all connected.
What do you wish for your own future?
I see right now a lot of future in having the goats. With selling their milk I can generate more income and stabilize my life a lot, also when it comes to getting the drugs in time and maybe even having my children here. I would love to have my children here, close to me. I think that would be my biggest wish for the future.