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access_time 2 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My house is in a very dilapidated state. Together with my family, I have been living in a house that is almost falling for the past two years. We feel very insecure to live in such a house. An accident can just occur at any given time. The house is also small to comfortably host a family of 6. This has forced me to only sleep with two of my children. The other 3 spend their nights with their grand mother. I intend to use 35,000 KES to build a bigger and stronger house. A house that will be safe to live in.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have a 2 months old son. His mother carried the pregnancy with so many complications that were life threatening. Having difficulties at his birth was our greatest fear considering the complications that came with his pregnancy. Luckily, my wife safely delivered. Both my wife and son were out of danger. This gave me so much joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food insecurity is my greatest challenge. I am a father of four children. In the previous years, we were depending on maize production for food. With the prolonged drought in our area, no farming can currently succeed. I decided to venture into the charcoal burning business to sustain my family. I make approximately 4,000 KES per month. With a family of four children, this amount is insufficient to even buy food that can sustain us for a whole month. In extreme cases, we go to bed hungry like 5 times per month.