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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was working in the neighborhood offloading sand and gravel from the lorry that had just been brought to my neighbor whom I had been working in his farms for a wage. On such occasions, I normally keep my phone away in fear of dropping it or damaging it as the work involves lifting and throwing. At around 11 am when I was done, I reached out to my cellphone only to be greeted by a piece of great news - I had just received the promised amount from GiveDirectly. I was so excited that I had to call my wife to come over as I needed her to accompany me to the shopping center where we withdrew all the amount and came back home full of joy.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Even though the construction of a new house for my family is still underway, this has so far been a great initiative that I am hopeful will bring the greatest difference not only in my life but also in the whole family. We had been living in an old structure that has cost us a lot on renovation, and this new one will be a relief as it will give us a chance to demolish the old one as my family of four moves into the new house.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon the withdrawal of my first transfer, I had to pick my firstborn daughter who was not feeling well from school, and rushed her to the hospital and luckily enough she was treated and discharged the same day with medication to carry home worth KES 500. With the preparation that we already had, we started sourcing the construction materials since we needed to put up a new house to replace the old one I had been living in with three other members of my family. We visited the nearby town the following morning where we secured 20 iron sheets at KES 15000, 11 kilograms nails at KES 1700, and also had to look for a chainsaw after buying a tree in the neighborhood that was cut down to produce frames and roll posts at a total cost of KES 8000. All these are on the site at the moment waiting for the designated constructor who had been on standby as we avail the required materials before starting the work. I also spent KES 10000 on obtaining foodstuff and other household utilities that were lacking, I purchased clothing for my children, and also supported my brother who was admitted upon a serious involvement in a road accident that rendered him fractured on the legs and a major hit on the skull in offsetting part of the hospital bill. I then saved the remaining amount since I still need to pay the constructor once he completes the work.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Its been my desire to have a better house. The one I have at the moment is small , it leaks when it rains and also since it is small it is not well ventilated and the smoke makes it uncomfortable to stay inside it. This house serves as a kitchen ,we also sleep and dine inside it. Other times the clothes picks the smell of the smoke. It is that bad . I intend to build an iron roofed house that will cost me approximately KES 40000. As for the rest of the money I plan to buy sheep to rear in my farm .
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am a casual labourer involved mostly in mixing gravel and sand. I also move them to the site using wheelbarrow. My happiest part of the day is in the evening when I am done with my job ,this is the time when my mind is so relaxed .
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The main challenge I have faced is putting food on the table for my family. We buy food for consumption ,we rarely produce any. Maize used to be our stable food ,but sometimes in 2011 we witness a maize disease that has since persisted to date. This is the more reason I want to keep dopers sheep so that I can support my meagre income to feed my family . The sheep mature very fast here and there is availability of enough pasture. There is also high demand for dopers mutton ,this means I will be able to fetch more income from the venture.