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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was still on my bed at around 10 in the morning when I heard my phone ringing. Since I am illiterate I decided to ask for assistance from my son. On checking, he realized that it was an Mpesa message from GveDirectly. They had debited my first transfer as promised earlier on. I felt so happy and thanked God for bringing GD into my village.
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 am now having several goats that I am currently rearing in my compound. I have been longing to own them for quite a long time but I could not afford to own them because they were very costly. I settled in purchasing them because their offsprings mature faster compared to the other domestic animals. This makes me believe that I would go far and achieve sot through them. Also, the goats can survive in any climatic condition, and because in my village is a semi-arid region I believe they will survive without any difficulties. Currentky some have started reproducing and this means they will increase in number within a short period of time. My wish is when they multiply, I will start a business of selling the offspring as soon as they mature to the local market. Through this business, I am optimistic that I will no longer have to strain in meeting my family's needs as I used to.
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, building poles, timber, nails, and threads. This was for the construction of a new house because the previous one was in critical condition and almost collapsing. I also bought some livestock such as six goats that will serve as the living assets that I can depend on. I addition to that, I cleared school fees arrears for my children and new uniforms as well. With the remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuff and some the house items such as utensils and jerricans.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Owning a modern irony roofed house like other villagers have been the greatest desire in my life. This is because my house is leaking, grass thutched, and requires maintenance every year which is costly. I am planning to spend $ 250 to purchase 16 iron sheets, poles and to pay labor charge to construct a one-roomed house. I will spend the remaining amount to purchase food and 12 goats at $30 each, This will be my future investment that will assist me whenever I face any financial needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Afternoon is the happiest part of my day. My mornings are usually the busy moment of the day, I use this time to do house chores and my job of charcoal burning up to the afternoon when I return home to relax. It at time that I interact with my grandchildren being around them makes my feel rejoiced.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Despite having chest problem, I am still forced to do Charcoal burning in order to get food and other necessities for myself. This activity is tiresome and requires a lot of energy to undertake. I have wished to have a different job like goats rearing but I have not achieved this because of the financial challenges that I face. Hence, I consider lack of finances as my biggest hardship.