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I work as a waitress in a small food vending room at our nearby trading center. The much I can earn per day is 150 KES and this cannot sustain us. I have desired to start vending food to have a reliable source of income but due to lack of capital, this has never been possible. With the cash grant, I am now optimistic about realizing my dream since I intend to spend 20000 KES to realize my ambition. This will assure me of a good profit since I am already known by my customers. On the other hand, I will spend the remaining amount to construct a decent iron sheets roofed house that will accommodate us. Hence, this is generally what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The only time that I usually feel so happier is when I see my children enjoy a meal and this is only in the evening when I am back from work. I usually spend the morning and afternoon hours at my working site and I always get worried if my children have gotten their meals when I am away. Hence, I consider the evening as the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The lack of a reliable source of income is the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life. This is because I work as a waitress and the much I earn is 150 KES only per day. This income is very little and it cannot fully cater to our basic needs. Sometimes, we may even skip some meals and this pisses me off since seeing my children crying is so embarrassing.