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access_time 9 days ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My one year experience as a shopkeeper has given me enough skills and confidence to run a shop. My current employer pays me 3000 KES a month and it is not easy to save. This is owing to the fact that I am the main breadwinner in our family of ten and thus a bigger percent goes to food. With these transfers, I see my dream of owning a shop come to reality. My plan is to add 2000 KES to my monthly transfers for savings until I hit 50000 KES. This amount will be enough to set up the business in Mwakwala center, a place that I have identified to be very suitable.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My job! I am able to make sure that my family doesn't go even two days without eating. If things get extremely bad the shop owner is kind enough to allow me to take necessities such as sugar, flour and oil and deduct this from my salary at the end of the month. It fills me with joy when I see my family has food and can go some days without worrying about sleeping on empty stomachs.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My father is really old with so many health issues and my mother passed away. This means I have to be the breadwinner. It is a huge burden providing for everyone else. I have to buy food or pay for medicine when the children are sick. I don't make enough and this has been stressful. All of these responsibilities have prevented me from saving and being financially stable. I am not able to grow as an individual and I also don't even have my own house. I have to sleep at my cousins. It hurts to be in such a situation.