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I started my own family two years ago and when my spouse arrived,my parents gave us an old house to live in.This is where we have been living since then.The house is in a deplorable state and I have not been able to even repair it due to lack of funds.We have then had to raise our young son in it.When I heard that Givedirectly will be enrolling in our village,I was elated since this means that through this transfer I will afford to build my family a better house.This makes me feel more fulfilled as the household head.Basing on my estimation,I will spend about Sh 76,000 to build a wooden house.The balance of sh 34,000 I intend to buy a dairy cow as a means of income to start us off.
What is the happiest part of your day?
After my failed attempts to secure employment,I resorted to casual motorbike taxi for a relative.I spend most of the day transporting people and goods within our locality.There are good and bad days as with any business and I always look forward to the days when there is more work (passengers) i.e on market days.This moment is the happiest for me because the more I have to do for the day,the more money I will have which translates to less dependence on my parents.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is securing employment.After High school,I enrolled for a driving course with the expectation that once I complete I will get a job which will enable me be independent.Since completion,I have been applying for jobs in vain and have even tried out the armed forces recruitment which I have failed to secure every year.The biggest challenge here is that now my family has to depend on our parents for some basics like milk for our young son because I have not been able to buy a cow.It is quite demeaning for a man of my age to depend on my parents and I have always wished that one day I will be in a position to support them on my own.