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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was exactly 9 AM when I was preparing breakfast for my family when I heard a message tone. I decided to ignore it because my children were so hungry and I had to focus on that. However after like ten minutes, the phone started ringing again, and I became more curious. I asked my spouse to check what the notifications were all about. Upon reading the confirmed that I had finally received my first transfers as promised. I felt so happy and remember leaving what I was handling and started rejoicing with all my family members.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life that I am grateful for is the fact that I now have livestock. I settled for the dairy cows and the pair of oxen because they normally have numerous benefits as compared to other domestic animals. With the pair of oxen, they will be helping me in ploughing my 2-acre farm. For this reason, I am assured of getting good yields becasue I will be in a position to utilize my whole farm. Previously I used to till by myself which was tiresome and ended up getting low harvests. With my eight family members, we will be having ample food that will sustain us for a couple of months as compared to before. On the other hand, the dairy cows will produce plenty of liters of milk hence cutting on the costs of buying milk. We can also sell some liters to buy other basic needs such as food. Being jobless I feel this has transformed my life positively because for now, I will be able to fend for all my needs with ease, also, I can decide to sell any of these animals in times of emergencies.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my forst transfer on buying two dairy cows and a pair of oxen at a total of KES 50500. I settled in buying them because they are normally considered to be the greatest assets which also have numerous benefits Therefore I opted to prioritize the livestock because I am certain that I will benefit a lot. I also believe these investments will improve my living standards since my sources of income will have an increase. Apart from that, I cleared school fees of KES 1500 for my four children who have been on and off because of the huge school fees arrears. With the amount of money that had remained, I bought enough foodstuffs for my family and decent clothes and shoes.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means starting livestock farming. I have a family of two children in a polygamous family. My husband has no job that can sustain me and my co-wife. This forced me to engage in charcoal burning business which is illegal but because it is the only job available, I have no choice but to do it. This business earns me $ 10 a week which is not enough to cater for my basic needs and education for my children. I intend to use the first cash transfer to buy two dairy cows that will cost $250 each. This will enable me to get milk and sell in the village to earn an income. This will also boost the health of young children in the village. I will then use the second cash transfer to pay school fees for my children and the rest, for domestic use.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is the happiest part of my day. This is because I wake up healthy and have the energy to face the day. As people say, a good day is seen in the morning, when I wake up in good health with my family, I get psych and energy to work hard for my children. This brings joy to my heart as this gives me a new opportunity to work and provide for my family
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Unemployment is the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life. Being an illiterate woman makes it even worse to get jobs in the village. Following the effects of Covid 19, people were retrenched and others fired as many jobs are done online. This has made it difficult to get even casual jobs since the people we look up to to give us casual jobs like construction jobs are jobless . I currently depend on charcoal business that is not reliable to meet our basic needs. This has made life more difficult for us as a family.