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Mercy
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labor
faceAge:
33
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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access_time 15 days ago
 
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
We have had a sit down with my husband and though we have so many needs, there is the most urgent of all. We have always wanted to build a better house but we lack the means, the one we are staying in has been invested by mites, it is old and dilapidated and therefore making it uncomfortable to live in nor welcome guest whenever they visit. We intend to use $500 to construct a better house, an iron roofed house.The cash transfers from GiveDirectly will make us realize this dream that has eluded us for sometime now. We are moved beyond imagination, we never knew this will happen, we have always navigated life challenges and at no point in our lives have we been given such help.We will use the rest of the money to pay school fees and buy foodstuffs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Recently, a church called AIC Maji Ndege sponsored one of my children, Purity, who is in grade 3. She was given school uniforms and during Christmas, they sent us $10 that we used to buy food, she is also given medical cover. The news of the sponsorship was greeted with joy and excitement by our household. We are eternally grateful to the church for holding our hand and making the dream of our girl valid, the sponsorship will see her through the primary and up to the secondary level until she attains the age of 22. Our daughter's heart is now full of dreams and encouraged to keep going. If we had all the wealth we would never be able to repay what the church did for us.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Life is full of uncertainties, we are faced with a myriad of challenges from food insecurity to school fees. We are blessed with 4 children, and 3 of them are in primary school. Providing them with school fees and school uniforms is an uphill task for us. We live from hand to mouth since we depend on casual jobs which are erratic and pay little just enough to buy foodstuff. Lately, the cost of living has shot up and made life difficult for us. Our only hope is our children, we want the best for them and therefore we struggle to make ends meet to provide for them and pay them school fees. The schools are due to open in a week's time and we have no money to pay their school fees. Our lives has largely been decided by fate, we have no idea what tomorrow holds for us.