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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 :)