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Mariamu's family
Mariamu
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
59
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a happy woman owing to the fact that GiveDirectly has come to my rescue from a miserable life. Being in a polygamous household with 22 members and the husband is blind, each wife is forced to work on her own in order to feed and educate the children. With my little effort, I have managed to educate my children only up to primary level with some dropping out at standard five since I only depend on selling palm wine. This job is not reliable to support my family's needs. However, with the help of GiveDirectly's cash transfers, I plan to support my son's education and also to start another decent business to replace the one I currently do. The remaining transfer will aid in shop business so that I get a stable source of income. This will change my life for the better and basically it is what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I always wake up early in the morning to go and collect the palm wine from the tapers and return home around noon. It is at this time when I am required to go and camp at my selling point to get my customers. This makes my work life balance unhealthy because I do not get time to relax. It is only in the evening when I come back home that I get time to rest and share meals with my children and therefore, I consider evening as the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband is totally blind and has three wives. This means that each wife has the responsibility to provide for her children's education and food. Since my children have no reliable jobs to support me, I am forced to sell palm wine in order to sustain my family needs. Therefore, lack of reliable source of income is my biggest hardship.