My name is Valbona and I’m a dairy farmer. I’m married and the mother of four children. My family and I live in Komoran, a village in Kosovo. We kept a herd of cattle before we emigrated to Germany. We had six or seven beef cattle and produced 700 kilos of meat a year. But we had problems keeping our farm going. We didn’t have the right agricultural machinery to produce enough feed for the cattle. We came to realise that we couldn’t make a success of the farm. So we decided to go to Germany in the hope of a better life.
My husband had already spent 15 years living in Germany before. When we arrived in Germany, we thought he could continue where he left off. But that wasn’t the case. I was separated from my husband and kept being housed in different accommodation. That wasn’t a nice experience. I came back in the end, but my husband stayed in Germany for another two years. I’d never have left home if I’d known how things would turn out.