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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was at 1pm when I was preparing lunch and I heard a message notification on my phone. I was very excited on seeing that it was the transfer, I rushed out and I called my neighbour over the fence to ask her if she had received the same message. She dashed out of her house holding her phone, and yes, she had also received it. We were so happy and we thanked God.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I have been able to pay off school fees . My shop business has also grown without me having to take out any loan . My posho mill is also doing well. At times in the past, when I was so pressed financially, it would reach a point I had to close down the shop and run the posho mill only sine I could not afford to stock both.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I paid school fees for my child who is in secondary school. I also bought more things to expand my shop business that was about to fail and a posho mill.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means alot to my family. We have been struggling much with school fees for our children, we have one in secondary school and the other four are in boarding primary school. Annaully we spend more than 150,000 shillings as school fees and other school necessities. Due to prolong drought and the small size of our land the output from the subsistence farming mainly is for consumption. Hence we have been mainly relying on my husband to cater everything. He is a vetinary office since he has not employed by any, he opted to be available to livestock farmers who need is assistance at a fee. Since this has been our main source of income it has not been meeting our expenditure hence sometimes we could not clear school fees on time. We have been dreaming of boosting our source of income by purchasing atleast one dairy cow, I am now seeing this will come true if we receive this transfer.
What is the happiest part of your day?
As a farmer usually I visit my farm to weed vegetables or to prepare it for the next planting seasons. Mostly I ploughing it manually and this makes me exhausted. Evening is my happiest part of the day because thats time I rest while making stories with my family members.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of enough stable income has been our biggest hardship. My husband who is a vetinary office has been depending on livestock farmers to seek his service at a fee. Now this has been difficult to get because nearly everyone is struggling with high cost of living and school fees in my area and some end up selling livestock.