Kesande and her husband are small-scale farmers who grow sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, and sorghum for their family to eat. She completed primary school until class seven, but did not proceed due to lack of school fees.
Her firstborn is now 6 years old and in first grade at the local primary school. Their family owns a three-room semi-permanent house, which was constructed on the land given to them by the husband’s parents. Her husband lost his father and is only left with his old mother who greatly needs their support and care.
Kesande is a mother of one, but this is her third pregnancy. She had c-section deliveries with her previous pregnancies, but unfortunately lost her first baby in 2012 when intra uterine fetal death occurred. However, her next delivery was successful in 2014. This pregnancy, she has had antenatal checkups from Kamuganguzi Health Centre where she was advised to go to a hospital that offers surgery services in May. She reported to Rushoroza Hospital on May 1st, 2020 at 1100 hours following the directive of the health centre. On assessment by the midwife, she recommends a c-section to protect the health of her and the baby.
Their family has many responsibilities on their shoulders on top of their own family needs. They utilize the pieces of land that were given to them by the husband’s father and have no other sources of income.
Kesande says, “I pray for a successful surgery. I plan to work even harder both physically and mentally to be able to secure and generate income that will enable us to take good care of the child we expect.”