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I have been a house constructor for the last 6 years. Money I receive from this work at the end of the day is barely Kshs 500. For all this time, I have been yearning to open up a timber yard as well as a furniture workshop in a nearby town. This dream has not been able to see the light of day as the amount I receive from my daily hustle cannot be saved up due to myriad of challenges: I have to buy food at the end of the day as well as support my two aging parents with money for food and occasionally, medication. Receiving this money from GiveDirectly is an unbelievable door opener. A possibility to realize my dream has come closer than I ever thought. With Kshs 80,000 from the transfer, I am able to open up a furniture workshop with a woodwork machine and timber in it. Setting up such an investment will boost my self esteem, do away with stress and accord me an opportunity to even get married.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am a house constructor and my typical day involves going out early in the morning to look for work. Earning a wage at the end of the day gives me a peace of mind and even a good sleep as a result of having brought home a meal for my aging parents and I. This is the happiest part of the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am a 38 year-old bachelor. The lack of finances have gotten in the way of so many plans that I have, getting married as one of them, and starting workshop business being another. Being a house constructor, work doesn't regularly come by and when they do, I am often paid in installments. I cannot save up any amount enough to pay for my dowry, let alone building a decent house for myself. Besides, my aging parents depend on me a lot making me live from hand to mouth. This is a hardship I have faced in a long while.