24 November 2012

Kenya: A Day in the Life - I Have to Go Home By 5pm to Help My Wife With Housework


I wake up at 5pm and the first thing I do is take a bath. Since I do not like disturbing my wife, I prefer making my breakfast and just let her rest. After having my breakfast, I leave my house at around 6.30am.

I take a matatu to work but occasionally, I use one of the cars from the garage. I get to work at around 7am and the first thing I do is check my bookings; some people want me to go to their offices or homes in the morning to pick up their cars for servicing or emergency repairs.

This happens between 7am and 9am. I then begin working on the vehicles. As Jua Kali people, we do not have a specific lunch hour, so its either I have heavy breakfast at home or buy food from people who hawk it here.

In the afternoon, I mostly work in the workshop and if the car is badly damaged, I spend time removing the spare parts to be used in a different vehicle.

I stay at the workshop until around 5pm when I go home to catch up with my two-week-old baby and my two children since both of them are yet to join school.

Since my wife just gave birth, I love helping her with the children and also housework. I make sure that the children go to sleep before 9pm.

Personally, I go to bed at around 10pm after watching news to keep myself updated with the currents affairs. Since I spend the whole day at the garage, I hardly know what is going on in the rest of the country so news bulletins are important to me.

My weekends are not so different from the weekdays apart from Sundays where I go to church and spend the afternoon with fellow mechanics in the church. We have formed an organisation of mechanics since our garage is sponsored by the church.

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