Kenyan woman who boiled stones for hungry children – What happens next?

A Mombasa widow who boiled stones to feed her children is now a happy woman after well-wishers built her a six-roomed house.

Penina Kitsao on Saturday, December 5, could not hide her joy behind the blue mask as she finally was handed the key to her new modern house which consumed KSh 1.4 million.

Penina said the journey had not been easy since there were so many hurdles, but she thanked everyone who highlighted her plight and came through for her.

Being a widow without a stable income, the mother of eight children depended on casual jobs which had been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The woman who is her 40s recounted events on the day she had nothing to prepare for the kids,. Her husband died in the hands of armed robbers in 2019 and since then, none of her children goes to school. After exhausting all means of getting food for her children without success, lit up fire and put stones in the pot just to reassure the hungry children that something was cooking.

The change in her life is noticeable since one could differentiate between her and the Penina, the woman people saw on social media seven months ago. Donations from wellwishers She had always put her trust in God who touched all Kenyans to donate and help her get a new house after her plea was highlighted. Penina confessed that if it were not for Kenyans, her life would not have changed dismissing reports that some politicians assisted her.

The committee consisted of Mbuba, Faith Muchiri and Prisca Momanyi, the neighbor who posted her predicament on social media, and some family members. Out of the six roomed house, Penina occupied three rooms with her children while the other rooms will be rented out.

The previous lifeless house had no water or electricity and Penina and her children slept on the floor with nothing to cover themselves. The large family had been living on the mercies of her neighbors who have been providing them with foodstuffs but are now seemingly tired, they too have their problems. Erick Musa Panga who was the contractor from Muricks Enterprises said it took him six months to build the house.


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