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I'm a casual laborer in the village partly employed by someone as a gardener and a messenger earning 5000 KES monthly, and also taking up other casual jobs elsewhere in the village in my spare time to supplement. But still I'm always limited because I have a deformity on my small finger of the right hand that makes it quite painful to be doing these physical jobs. The finger is permanently folded so it's hard to hold a tool for long. When I get this money, it will relieve me off the school fees burden. I have one wife and three children who're all schooling paying 1000 KES each every academic term. I haven't been able to pay this regularly and still feed the family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
A week ago I had some assignments that involved cutting building poles for a particular person who was suppose to pay me 200 KES for every bunch. But when he returned in the evening he was really impressed with the much I was able to do for the day that he decided to just pay me 700 KES without counting in bunches. I was really happy considering that what I managed was obviously less than three bunches. This doesn't happen a lot, even working for such kind of people is just a luck.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest challenge is lack of a reliable source of income. I have lived in this village all my life and I have never had a meaningful job that can earn me a reasonable amount of income. Currently I'm employed as a gardener and a messenger earning 5000 KES monthly and on the side I do get some other casual jobs that can get me between 200 to 400 KES weekly whenever I'm lucky enough. This is rather too low for someone who has a family as it's never reliable as well.