Every single day, she picked her machete and headed to the bush. With bare feet, her body had become immune to the piercing thorns of acacia shrubs. She never was worried about daring snakes. After five days of hard work, chopping and arranging pieces of wood in a kiln, and if lucky to get a buyer she would earn Ksh.500 from charcoal which could barely feed her family.
It was not until 10 years ago, despite being pregnant that she gave up on her marriage life and left to her parent’ s house with her children. Her husband, unable to fend for himself fled to another town to search for a new livelihood. Lomuna and her children went back to her matrimonial home where she continued fending for them. She rebuilt their house and joined a merry-go-round group whose members were charcoal sellers. That was the only source of livelihood for her family, sometimes supplemented with food aid from well-wishers.