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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I can still remember vividly, it was exactly 8 in the morning when we taking breakfast with my family then I heard a very loud vibration on my phone. Since I am illiterate I asked for a hand in support from my niece to confirm the sender of the message. On checking, she confirmed that it was the Mpesa message that I had anxiously been waiting for. Due to the excitement that I had, I couldn't afford to take the remaining tea.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now have a better house. Previously, I used to say in a small house which had a single room and one my family is big, it couldn't accommodate us all. I had to endure all this because my spouse has been suffering from asthma and this made him lose his job. Therefore I had to step in and became the family's breadwinner. I have been burning and selling charcoal to make ends meet and the little I could earn wasn't enough for me to purchase the buying materials. My children could mostly suffer at night especially when they gave school assignments. This was really stressing me as the parent. All is when now because we are comfortably sheltering in a decent house which is spacious enough. Also, my children have ample space to study at night without any distance.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials such as building materials, iron sheets, timber, threads, and nails. I purchased to buy all these with an intention of constructing a new hose becasue the initial one was very smal and in a critical state. Also, I gave KES 7500 of the transfer to the mason as his labour charge. With the remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuffs for my family and some other household items that I was lacking at the moment
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My house is very small and it can not accommodate us and this has forced my 2 children to seek shelter from my neighbor something that has ashamed me for a long time. When I heard about the arrival of GiveDirectly to our village, my hopes of owning a spacious iron-roofed house got renewed and I am now confident that soon this dream will materialize. My intention once I receive this money is to spend utmost $350 l to construct the house and the remaining amount of the first transfer to cater for beddings. With the second transfer, I plan to buy oxen at $300 to upscale my farming and I will also get 5 goats at $20 each. All this will change my life for the better, a transformation that I have wished for a long time.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Considering the nature of my jobs which require me to spend much of the morning and afternoon time at the bush, I always feel tired and weak. It's only in the evening when I am back home that I get ample time to relax and share a meal with my children. Hence, evening becomes the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Charcoal burning and aloe vera extraction are the only sources of income that I have known in my life. Considering the nature of these jobs being tiresome, their income is also very low and it can not fully support my family's basic needs. Therefore, the lack of a reliable source of income becomes the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life.