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As a way of livelihood, I engage in subsistence farming to meet my household needs. I currently serve as a community health volunteer getting engagements from different nongovernmental organizations working in my community. I love this job since besides helping my community with health-related issues, I earn an income that has helped me support my family mainly my children's education. I am lucky to have built a semi-permanent, spacious house with the support of my elder children but I was not able to complete it. Receiving this money means realizing my current dream. I have wished for quite some time to cement the floor of my house but the overwhelming household needs have not given me a chance. I am planning to spend KES 60000 to buy cement, sand and to pay for labor to help me complete my house. I am certain, I will have a decent home and I will end the struggle of smearing every weekend to avoid the dust. This will assure good health and a nice home to take pride in.
What is the happiest part of your day?
It is the happiness of each parent seeing his/her children living in better standards. I lost my wife twenty-two years ago and taking care of my children all alone has not been easy. I struggle to educate them and I thank God I made it. It is just a month ago when my son who graduated as a primary school teacher got a confirmation of a permanent job with the Teachers Service Commission. This has been my greatest joy since my prayers have been answered through him. I am certain with his salary he will uplift our living standards.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have enjoyed good health since my childhood. This has been a blessing I have lived to thank God for. This gave me ample time to support my family and I am currently left with my last born who is joining university to educate. In the past few months, I have frequently visited health centers with some health complications. This is my current biggest challenge since I have been advised to avoid some food that I would have enjoyed the most at my old age besides the pain I persevere.