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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember vividly like yesterday that it was around 8am 9am. When I received a ring tone message from my phone. I was at a merry go round group that we started in our village. I reluctantly check it. I could not even believe my eyes, it was a message confirming that I have received money from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy and overwhelmed with joy. I went outside and called my spouse to inform her of the good news. She was so happy too and celebrated. I knew I would be able to buy a water tank for storing water for domestic use. After we finished the merry go round group, I went and withdrew the money and bought a water tank the same day. I am so happy because GiveDirectly came to our rescue at the right time.
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 have bought a 3,000 litres water tank. We used to walk for more than 4km to collect the clean water for drinking and for domestic used. This was so tiresome and time consuming. Because of our old age it was so stressful and very demoralizing. We were also being exposed to water related diseases since the water was not clean. When I received the transfer I felt so happy and we decided with my spouse to purchase a water tank. Current we have plenty water for all our work at home and we give our goats to drink and even spray our vegetables. We are no longer exposed to water related diseases. We have saved time to work on our farms. We are so grateful for the support because GiveDirectly has changed our living standard to be much better than before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 25,000 on purchasing a water tank for storing water for domestic use. We used to collect waster from the river, this was so tiresome and time consuming since the river was far from home. I bought some materials and build a shade for the tank. Secondly I bought building materials at a cost of KES 20,000.I am planing on building a better house for my family. The rest of the money I bought food and clothes for my children. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has changed our living standard to be much better than before.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a lot to me. My wife is of age and she has to walk for almost one hour to fetch water for household use. It's straining her physically and risky to her health. I will use this transfer to purchase a 3000 litre tank that costs $300, we will use to collect rain water and use at home. The remaining amount will be used to purchase a cow worth $250, $300 for my child's school fees and purchase food and clothes for the household.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evenings are mostly the happiest part of my day, I spend most of my day working to get an income. So when I get home with some money then I am happiest
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life has been financial constraints. I retired a few years a go and my wife is a stay at home mother. We now depend on subsistence farming and motorcycle business. I only earn about $40 per day from the motorcycle and that is not enough to Carter for our basic needs such as buying a water tank or paying school fees.