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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I'm currently a form three student attending Mnazimwenga Mixed Secondary School. I have been having problems a lot with school fees as my father who normally pays for me doesn't do so in time regularly. This has affected my performance a lot over the time. And being a first born in a family of four, I strongly feel my father won't comfortably make it and so when I start getting these transfers I want to just relieve him a little bit off paying my school fees. He works with a particular food production company in Mombasa town focused on bakery products. I do not know how much he earns but he doesn't seem to be doing so great, and because he still has a long way to go, I want to just help him out when I can.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I remember two months ago precisely in February this year, my mother bought me a particular African dress called kitenge which are beautiful and expensive. I was extremely happy because I really love them and the only reason I do not have a lot of them is because I can not afford it. This to o me was the best gift I have ever received.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest challenge has been raising and getting to pay school fees in time before I'm sent home. I have struggled a lot with this and sometimes even got to be out for longer than three weeks when my father had problems paying school fees in time. Again whenever I'm sent home to collect balances, I have a long chain to deal with starting from contacting him, then he takes days to look for money and get back to me which I interferes with my learning.