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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I got the cash, I felt so happy. I knew these money would be so useful to me.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
With the generator I wouldn't have to worry when there is black out. I will continue doing business.
Water shortage is solved at our now I have enough water to use at home and for livestock.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My first transfers which I received from GiveDirectly, I spent KES 12000 on buying a heifer for rearing. I then spent KES 24000 on buying a 3000 liters water tank for storing harvested rain water. The remaining amount, I spent KES 6500 on buying cement for plastering the floor of my house and the rest kes 9000 on buying a second hand generator for using when there is blackout at video show room which I operate.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a young adult who strives to enrich himself through dairy farming. As such, receiving this money means that my dream shall materialize. On attaining a certain level of wealth, I will marry. Currently, I find it difficult to marry since I may not afford to provide for my family. Besides, I am residing in a relatively large piece of land that my father purchased some years back. Also, I have sufficient grasses and nappier grass that I will use as animal feeds. So, the project will probably succeed.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I run a small video show business in a nearby center. I usually open my business at around midday. As such, the happiest part of my day is in the evening when I am returning home with some income. This suggests that in the future I will have accumulated some wealth.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
After completing my secondary school studies and excelling, I was interested in attaining a least a Diploma in a Banking and Finance career. Unfortunately, I dropped out of college after only a year due to a lack of fees. Accordingly, my dream shattered and I am currently focused on other business projects. Hence, the failure to pursue my studies beyond secondary school act as the biggest hardship I have faced in life.