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What a blessing to have this kind of grant to our household! Changing my status quo is a guarantee to me because I intend to ensure I no longer live in a dusty house. Since the house we live in lacks a door, also its walls are not stable, I will spend utmost $300 to repair it including installing the door and this will make us enjoy our nights. On the other hand, I plan to support my grandson's wife with $300 to expand her shop business because it is through this job that we currently get food. This will assure us of a project to depend on for our future considering that we are old to actively engage in income-generating activities. The remaining amount will help me and my daughter to get our very basic needs like food and new clothes. Therefore, this is generally what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Over the last 6 months, joy has found a place on my face because my grandson has consistently provided us with money to buy food. Although the money can not sustain us to have 3 meals in a day, I am still grateful for this support because it gives me the energy to continue doing my small tasks like farm work. I feel so blessed to have such a responsible grandson who always thinks about us. Hence, my source of joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I used to stay in Mombasa where my son works but ever since I got an accident to dislocate my leg for 4 years now, I was taken back home where I stay with my daughter. The relocation has not been easy for me since living in the village is hard and sometimes, I am forced to engage in farm work to get food despite having a leg problem. My son's attention on me is no longer reliable and this means forfeiting meals on some days. What a life of worries! I am currently depending majorly on my grandson who sends cash to his mother for food. I, therefore, consider the lack of financial support from my children as the biggest challenge that I am currently facing.