What a moto-taxi driver in Kisumu makes and spends…

On a moto-taxi here in Kisumu and passed a huge house. Driver and I start talking about incomes and rents. In a month he earns about $200 in his job, working 12hrs a day, 6-7 days/week; pays $15 in rent for one room w/ kitchen which he shares with his wife and three kids, two of whom are in school. He rents his motobike for about $100 a month, leaving him with about 85$ left to buy food, water, clothing, school fees, and gasoline (which is pricey right now) – not to mention medicine if its needed. Don’t forget about sanitary pads and pay-per-use toilets. He lives in a local slum called Nyalenda, where there are no water/toilet connections – he uses about as much water in a day as we would use in a 3min shower. When I tell him I know somewhere he could get cheaper water (about 15% cheaper than the usual market rate), he is very interested to hear about it…

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