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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Having a decent and bigger house to add one I have had always been my big dream but since I am unmarried and jobless, the casual jobs I do has not been able to earn something enough to allow me a new house. I live in an old, single room, grass thatched house with my two children. Even though this could be enough for my young family, having a bigger and more decent house had always been my dream. When I received my first transfer from GD, I used part of it on purchasing building materials-timber, iron sheets and nails. I am hopeful and certain that soon my dream of having a bigger and decent house will be possible and this has been the biggest difference in my daily life since this has raised my hopes of a brighter future for my family.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was awoken by my in-law sister who decided to come to my house after receiving the transfer. I was deeply asleep and my sister in law knocked my door trying to ask if I had received the transfer, I immediately turned to my phone and to my biggest surprise I found a message notification that I had received money from GD. I was heartily thankful given the reflection of the hard life of a single jobless mother had been to me that I an helping hand had shown up to me.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I am a single mother that always struggle to bring up a family that I will always be proud of. I majorly depend on low paying casual jobs and investment in my life had just been an unrealistic dream since I mostly spend my wages on my household daily expenditure and my son education hence saving had just always been on hopes. I used KES 27500 of first transfer on livestock-a cow and a goat since these are my added assets and will help me in milk production for both household consumption and sale hence in the near future I will be saving money I could have spent on milk and from milk sale. I live in an old, single room, grass thatched house with my two children. even though this could be enough for my young family, having a bigger and more decent house had always been my dream. When I received my first transfer from GD, I used KES18100 on purchasing building materials-timber, iron sheets and nails. I am hopeful and certain that soon my dream of having a bigger and decent house will be possible. I used KES4000 to restart a merry go round that I had stopped after falling sick hence leaving with nothing to contribute. I spent the remaining part of the first transfer on my household daily expenditure and items.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I live in a very tiny house and therefore my first priority is to build a house after I receive the first transfer.I am also planning to buy two cows which will be another source of income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I wake up at 5:00 am and quickly do the house chores and then report to work at a nearby farm where I work as a casual labourer.I report to work at 7:00 am and work till 4:30 pm.The happiest part of my day is when I come back home in the eveningand unite with my children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I gave birth to my first born at the age of 20 years.This was a few years after dropping out of school at standard seven,primary level and underwent FGM few years later.At 24 years old I gave birth to my second born and this is where I started feeling the pressure of bringing them up.This is because I do not have a good source of income enough to meet the basic needs.I am a single mother and raising up the children alone is not easy.After giving birth to my second born I began having conflicts with my parents since I was slowly becoming a burden.I had to start living seperately from my parents last year and it hasn't been an easy ride since I am just a casual labourer.