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Haba na haba hujaza kibaba is a Swahili saying that means little by little we will fill the pot. As I researched and pondered on how I will live to this Quest, I thought of Agent Anick-Marie's blog titled Downsizing your life helps you focus on real problems. This blog got me thinking and calculating how much I actually live on each day. So I summed up my monthly expenditure on groceries, transportation, entertainment, family obligations, insurances etc and divided by 30 days of the month the result of which is that I live on about US$50 a day - what a shocker! Looking deeper I see most of my expenses are not strictly MY expenses. Like for many Kenyans, the "I" really means "we" and "family" means "village".

Now, although some of these expenses cannot be reduced without major repercusions (eg. family obligations), I targeted the monthly food bill for my household for further analysis. On avarage I spend US$93 a week on groceries for a household of 4 adults. So, my target for the next 1 month (they say it takes 21 days to develop a habit) is to spend less than US$60 a week on groceries and donate US$30 a week to AMREFs Haba na Haba campaign.

AMREF has calculated that $3 is the average daily cost of providing clean water to a household (6 – 8 people) through protected springs. This means that my contribution of US$120 will enable a household of 6 to 8 people access clean water for a period of 2 months. This makes me smile :)

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Comment by Anick-Marie on March 29, 2010 at 2:36pm
I'm glad I inspired this! I think it's courageous to try it in your family and social context, so please keep us posted :)
Comment by Christian Brumm on March 29, 2010 at 2:49pm
Very good idea to live on less and spend what you safe to help others. Very courageous to try that together with your family!
Comment by Massive Attack on March 29, 2010 at 3:03pm
Good job, very admirable
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on March 30, 2010 at 3:59pm
Shakwei, I wish I could give you point for all the 'powers' for this post. It's a real thought-provoker-- and a great call to action.
Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 8, 2010 at 8:06am
Quick update - so far managed to transfer equivalent to US$60 to the Haba na Haba campaign - yeah!
Comment by Christian Brumm on April 8, 2010 at 8:48pm
Hi Shakwei! You inspired this. Thanks! :)
Comment by Benjamin H on April 10, 2010 at 1:00pm
Wow! This is really walking the talk. Three thumbs up.


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