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Kenya Standard Remote
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access_time 17 days ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I want to gain my marriage a lot of respect from my maternal parents by paying some part of my dowry. My parents asked for $750 as my dowry but my husband managed to give them $150. If we pay another $350, I think it will lift the weight off my husband as we continue to raise our family. It will also increase the love and bond we have for each other. When everything at home is working well, I will focus on myself, and acquire some tailoring skills by enrolling in a tailoring course with may cost $108, and buying a machine worth $90. I long to be independent, be in a position to register in a sacco, and at least have a savings account.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have been married for two years now and one thing that fulfills my heart is that my in-laws are very respectful and have created a conducive environment for marriage to thrive. My husband John is also supportive and I can not help but be joyous.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
There is a sense of contentment that comes with working or even studying, just having something to occupy one's day. I am a mother of one and apart from raising my two-year-old son, I have nothing else to do. I feel it is time for me to engage myself in other activities, (acquiring skills as a tailor) to place me in a better position to make a living. But I feel stuck because I lack the funds to do so. I need to find my purpose.