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Three years ago, I was employed to do motorcycle taxi by my neighbor. I was impressed by the earning I would get at the end of the day given that at close of business I would earn 700 and my salary was 300 per day. When he finally sold the motorbike, I prayed that I would get the opportunity to purchase mine one day. Thanks GiveDirectly, my dream is about to come true because receiving this money is a big boost for me because I will be able to buy a second hand motorbike and venture into the motorcycle business. My life will change because I will be able to comfortably provide basic needs for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
On an average day, I normally go and do casual labor in a nearby farm and earn 200 shillings. I spend the amount received in buying food for my family. When my wife is preparing food in the evening, I take time to bond with my 1 year old son as we chat about the events of the day with my wife. This really makes me happy and that is why evening is my happiest part of the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of finances is my biggest challenge at the moment. In order for me to feed my family, I have to rely on casual labor such as weeding other people's farms. At the end of the day I get approximately 200 shillings which is not enough to meet our basic needs. I however believe that better days are coming because no situation is permanent.