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Since most parents cannot afford to build houses for their grown up children, sending them away to sleep in the neighborhood in the village is quite rampant. My ambition is to break this culture and build my son his own house upon receiving money from GiveDirectly, using $200 from my first transfer. When he finds his own privacy, it will boost his esteem and also avoid bad influence from other village boys, thus improve his education. GiveDirectly has fulfilled my very long time wish.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am most happy in the evening especially when my 3 children are back from school. They would help me in doing house chores like cleaning utensils and fetching firewood and water. This relieves me a lot.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Quality food contributes to the welfare and education of the child. When there is little or no food in the family, children are demotivated when they leave for school hungry. I depend a lot on my 5 chicken and one cow to get money for food. With an egg going for as low as Kshs 10, the most I can get from them on a good day is 50 shillings. Adding to 30 shillings I get from my cow's milk, 80 shillings is not sufficient to buy enough food for my 3 children. I am often worried that my children will one day drop out of school with the push to look for their own sources of income, usually casual labour.