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What does receiving this money mean to you?
It is the joy of evey mother to see her children flourishing both physically and academically. Although I was blessed with children with bright brains, they have not been performing well due to spending several days at home for lacking school fees. The elder son who is supposed to be in his final college year has not returned to school for missing transport money and the required fee arrears. GiveDirectly cash will ease this burden since with 3000KES every month, I will be able to save 2000KES for paying school fees and the remaining amount will be saved towards buying goats (we would like to venture back into the livestock keeping), a practice which we are sure is able to sort us out in the needful moments.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I developed chest problems early last year mainly caused by the exhaustive charcoal burning exercise. I thought it was a minor ailment but to my surprise it led to my admission in hospital for more than two months. At this time, my family was in a bad financial state and the only thing that could help us was selling the only cow which we had. I recovered and once I regained good health, I embarked back to work with the aim of buying another cow. With determination, I was happy when I finally purchased a calf last month from a neighbour.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Waking up very early in the morning, with an axe, a panga and a jembe, walking for more than 5km looking for trees to burn charcoal is my routine work. It is a job I have done for over ten years and had it not for the long-distance covered and the government order which restricted selling of charcoal, I could not complain. Currently I make at most three sacks of charcoal a week which go at 350 KES. Owing to the numerous family needs running from food, medication, school fees among others, the cash is not enough forcing us to take one meal in a day. My children are often missing classes either because of fee balances or because of hunger.