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Receiving this money means an improved living standard. I live in a shanty which is small and when it rains, water oozes from the ground. Whenever it rains, I go to my parent's house to shelter and sleep which I feel is inappropriate since I am also old. I feel ashamed to sleep with my parents under the same roof. I, therefore, intend to construct a better house. With an estimated cost of KES 30,000, I intend to construct a better one. I also intend to spend the remaining money to purchase a dairy cow. Fulfilling this dream will rejuvenate my life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I work as a cook in a nearby secondary school which is within the village. Since the job is tasking, I leave for work as early as 4.00 AM to go and prepare tea for teachers and students. After students have taken their tea at around 6.00 AM, I start preparing lunch, and later prepare evening tea for them. I am engaged the whole day until late in the evening when I go home to have a rest. I feel happy at night while I am sleeping because it is the time my body relaxes and nothing comes into my mind.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Inadequacy of funds has been the biggest hardship I have faced in life. I am employed as an auxiliary staff in a nearby school, working as a cook. With a meager salary of KES 5,000 a month, I have been unable to save and put up a better house. Keeping in mind that I have other domestic recurrent expenses such as food and clothing to cater to, that amount is hardly enough. Therefore, being a beneficiary of Give Directly brings a feeling of renewed hope in my life.