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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 11 am when I was on my farm preparing it for the next planting season. I heard a message alert on my phone, I stopped working to check the content of the message because it was around that date when GiveDirectly promised to send us the transfer. I was surprised to discover that I had received my transfer. I felt relieved of all the stress due to the many problems which I was facing. I left what I was doing and return home to inform the rest of my family members of the good news.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is that I am living a happy life after paying part of my land deficit. I am optimistic that my future generation will have somewhere to live and farm once I complete the full payment on my 2 acres of land. I plan to use the second transfer to pay the debt in full. I thank GiveDirectly for the aid that has installed hope for a better future for my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 20,000 to pay part of the land payment that I had bought and paying on installments basis. This is an important investment for my family since I was living in a small piece of land. I also used KES 7,000 to purchase 10 iron sheets. My plan is to use it to enlarge my house once I received my second transfer. The house that I have is very small to full accommodate the family and store my household properties. In addition, I bought 2 goats for KES 6,000 in order to boost my goats rearing that I have been depending for our upkeep as well as educating the children . Previously, I had a good number of the but I sold them to support my child who is in secondary school. Furthermore, I bought proper bedding since I was using the traditional bed and old sacks as beddings. It was not comfortable to sleep on because I always feel body pain after bed. Moreover, I supported my child educational needs by paying KES 3000 to reduce the huge fee balances.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money is going to change my life. Currently, I have a small house that is partitioned into two. My wife and I occupy both rooms separately for our sleep. Accordingly, I cannot use this house to host any guest because they will be infringing on our privacy. Upon receiving money from GiveDirectly, I am planning to spend about $200 to expand my house to contain a living room to relax and host my guests.
On the other hand, I am a small farmer. I own a five acre piece of land out of which I am only able to plough and cultivate 3 acres with maize. This equals to 8 sacks of maize. The money from GiveDirectly is an opportunity to utilize the whole land. I will purchase 2 oxen and ploughing equipment for $240. With a good harvest, my wife and I are going to be food secure for the whole year.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am a maize farmer. I spend most of my mornings monitoring my farm. In the evening, I would go over to my neighbor's house to catch up and pass time. This usually is the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is losing a child. When I lost one of my sons three years ago, I was almost hopeless as I used to depend on him for money to sustain my life. When he died, my life has been difficult since I have have to work extra hard to put food on the table. This is not always possible due to my old age.