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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I can still vividly remember, it was around 9 in the morning when I had just woken up and was preparing breakfast for my children when I heard a message tone I asked my daughter to check it for since she was seated next to my phone. I was so happy after mentioning that I had finally received my KES 55000. I remember leaving whatever I was doing that morning and started celebrating with my family. I finally knew that I would revive my hotel business which had collapsed some time back. This will remain to be one of the memorable days in our lives.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that through the transfers, I was able to boost my hotel business which is currently doing so well. Previously it collapsed due to financial constraints funds that I was expecting and it is because I was using most of the little profits that I was getting to cater for my basic needs. I did not have any other means to boost my capital at that particular time considering it was my only source of income. As a result, I had to close the hotel which was a big blow to my family because my spouse has been jobless. When I received my first transfer I had to restart it again by purchasing enough stock and expanding it and I am so happy that for now, I am making good returns KES 1000 profit a day. This has enabled me to pay school fees and cater to other basic needs for my family of three without any difficulties like before. I am so glad that finally, everything is running so smoothly in my life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials such as iron sheets at KES 14000, building poles, timber, nails, and the threads at KES 5000, and the labor cost of KES 4000. I bought all these to renovate my house by adding rooms which for now they are three. I also boosted my hotel business which had collapsed for lack of funds. and I am happy it is now running so well with good returns. I also bought new clothes for my two children because their previous ones were old and torn which could always lower their self-esteem. With the remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuffs for the family that would at least sustain us for a couple of weeks.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will boast my business . I am a business man running a small retail shop here in my village market.I will spend 50,000 KES to boast my business so that I can increase my profit earning from 2000 KES per month to 50000 KES per month.I will buy 2 oxen worth 30,000 KES to boast my farming so that I will not be renting oxen to plough my farm.This will maximize my harvests because I will plough my farm on time using my own oxen and for this , I believe it will increase food security to my house.I will spend 10,000 KES to buy goats as a source of wealthy to my family and the rest 30,000 KES I will buy a stock of food to my family and also buy clothes for the whole family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is during the morning time when I have breakfast with my family and seeing my children to school . I am happy this time because I have enjoyed my breakfast and I have a hope that the day will go well.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship I have faced is balancing the revenue I get from my retail shop to the needs of the family. Feeding the family and to cater for their daily needs, needed a business with a big capital so that I get a huge profit which sustain the family needs and growth of the business but I have been operating the business under a small capital of 10,000 KES which makes hard to feed the family and the same time allowing the business to grow.