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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a jobless woman with a family of three children. Our household depends on my spouse who works as a hired palm wine broker to meet some of the basic needs. However, the commission he gets is too small to sustain our needs. In a good day, he earns KES 300. With the current inflation of basic commodities like food, this can only sustain us for two days. My ambition is to be a self employed woman. The cash transfers from give directly will be a dream come true for me. I will use KES 20000 to start a Kiosk in the village that will be a great income generating activity since there is none at the moment which forces people to cross over to other villages to buy flour and other goods. I will then use the remaining amount to finish building my house and invest in livestock farming for my children education in future.
What is the happiest part of your day?
For the last six months, I have been seeking shelter from our neighbors after my house collapsed due to strong wind. This incident almost costed my life and that of my children. Sharing a room with other adults has not been very comfortable. However, since I was homeless, I had no choice. In the last two months my husband borrowed a soft loan and built a single roomed house. I am now happy that I have my own though unfinished but not like that of borrowing.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of a reliable source of income is the main challenge that my family is currently facing. Imagine having a family of three children without any source of income! This is the situation that is giving me sleepless nights. My main economic activity has been subsistence farming. However, due to the prolonged drought, farming has become impossible. I am now left depending on my husband who works as a hired palm wine broker to meet the basic needs. What is more worrying is the fact that he earns KES 300 in a day or two which is solely used for food. I am even afraid incase any of my child falls sick at the moment. This has renders us hopeless. I intend to fix this by using a portion of the cash transfers (KES 20000) to start a Kiosk in the village. This will be a great income generating activity that will salvage my family from the financial crisis.