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Grace
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
44
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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access_time 2 months ago
 
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
A portion of land! Yes, I deserve to have a place to boast about and this will only come to reality when I don't waste this chance from GiveDirectly. With this money, I intend to purchase half an acre that will cost me utmost $600 because our land has not appreciated so high. This will guarantee me the opportunity to live a peaceful life with my family of 6 to avoid the daily threatening words from other people. The remaining amount will help me to settle $200 school fee arrears for my son who completed his secondary school final exams, to enable him to secure his results once they are out. The balance will help me to cater to our very basic needs like food and new clothes for my children. Thus, this is generally what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have been always praying that my family will one day change its status quo for the better. This is something that I am currently experiencing through my children's performances in school. In the last term, it was all a sigh of relief to me when my son who is in form 2 now got a scholarship from Plan International Organization when he became the first position in their class. This has encouraged me so much as a mother and I have high hopes that he will continue doing well to break all the odds. In addition, the Plan office gave us $30 as a token to buy Christmas gifts for the children. What a surprise to me and my kids! I, therefore, consider this as what has brought me joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband lives with the disability of being deaf and dumb, a condition that has affected his ability to secure a decent job. This has forced him to engage in casual jobs which have very little earnings. For this reason, his elder brother gave him a portion of land where we have been living for 1 year now. Although my brother-in-law is peaceful, we have recently been receiving discouraging words from his sons that we should secure our plot. Since we do not have money to purchase our land, we have been living in fear that we might be driven away anytime, a situation that has robbed way my joy. What a life! I, therefore, consider this as the biggest challenge that I am currently facing.