POOR rains in Kitui county have forced some women to start selling miraa and muguka to earn a living.
Speaking to the Star Tuesday, the women said farming proved futile in Mwingi despite all the efforts they put in their farms.
Dealer Muusi Mukasi said she knows this is not a good income-generating activity but she has no choice.
“Surely even if it’s a sin let me sin,” she said.
Mukasi said she has three children in secondary school and two are in primary.
She said the children were sent home for lack of fees the first day they reported to secondary school last week.
“I am a single parent and at least I have made money over the last week. I have something I can face the principal with to allow my children to continue with classes,” Mukasi said.
She said she wished she had known about the opportunity earlier.
“I would just be selling my muguka and miraa over the holiday instead of concentrating with farming and harvest nothing,” she said.
Mukasi said the women wake up very early in the morning everyday and assemble at a specific place, where they wait for vehicles transporting miraa from Tharaka and Meru.
When the vehicles arrive, they pick their miraa and muguka and disperse to selling points to distribute the commodity to their customers.