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Receiving this money means restoring dignity and safety for my family. I have a family of seven children whom we share the same single roomed house. Three are above eighteen years and according to the African culture, we are not supposed to share the same room. People in the village especially my neighbors see me as a failure because I cannot afford better shelter for my children. However, due to lack of enough money, building a bigger one has remained to be a dream. I work in quarry where I earn a daily stipend of KES 400. This is not enough to meet some of the basic needs because all I get is solely used for food. My number one goal is to build a two bedroom house which will cost KES 60000. I will then use the remaining amount to start a business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Last month, my three children who are currently in college were sent back home due to lack of school fees. Fortunately I got a buyer who was willing to buy a piece of my land worth KES 40000. This was like a miracle to me because I was able to clear the debts and have some for food. This was the happiest moment ever for me.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of a stable source of income has been the main challenge facing my family. Imagine having such a big family of seven children who need to eat and get basic education without any source of income! This is what has troubled my mind on a daily basis. I work in a quarry where I get a daily stipend of KES 400. With the current inflation rate of basic commodities, this is only enough for food. Consequently, this has made my children to be out of school more often due to lack of school fees. I feel sad when they are sent back home but due to the financial challenges, I have become helpless. I intend to fix this by using KES 30000 to purchase a machine cut that I will use to make bricks in the quarry. This will be a financial breakthrough for my family because in a day I will be able to earn KES 1000.