A 36 years old Kisauni widow Penina Bahati Kitsao who boiled stones to feed her children has a reason to smile after well-wishers build her a six roomed house in Mishomoroni area of Mombasa county.
The plight of the widow with her seven children touched the hearts of many people thus donated funds to build her a Sh1.4million house, furnished it and and give her food and supplies.
Bahati who received the six room house on Saturday thanked God and everyone who helped her.
“It is a dream come true, I cannot wake up from it. I have never thought that Kenyans can be this generous after being a blessing to me and my children,” delighted Bahati said.
She continued: “I was almost giving up on life because I had so many problems but I thanked God and Kenyans for generosity.”
According to Contractor Eric panga, the construction took only six weeks.
“I was given Sh1.2million but I added Sh 200,000 as my personal contribution.” Said Panga.
She will occupy three rooms on one side including a tiled sitting room and bedrooms, and the other three rooms to be rented.
The committee was formed to help manage Bahati’s funds had issues and some members quit after a misunderstanding.
Bahati’s neighbour, Priscah Momanyi, who raised the alarm about Bahati’s plight on social media, said a new committee was formed in October.
“There was a lot of people who had interests intros house for reasons best known to them. But through prayers we were able to push on and finally completed it,” Momanyi said.
But according to Kisauni deputy county commissioner Jamleck Mbuba who chaired the committee said no new committee was formed,
“At the end of the day, members did not participate as they should. Some left. The few who remained just moved on with the project,” He added.
Residents are also advising Bahati on on what business she can start to complement her rentals income.
Bahati’s story came to lime light in 2021 during the start of corona virus where she revealed that she had been cooking stones for her children since the coronavirus outbreak.
Prior to the lockdown , the poor woman worked as a local laundry however, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, her customer base drastically dwindled and she could no longer raise enough money for feeding.
According to reports from BBC, Penina said she always hoped her children will fall a sleep while waiting for the meal (stones) to get ready.