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Okwena's family
Okwena
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
34
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($500 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was in hospital and was in labour just about to give birth when I saw the message. I was very excited and a few hours later, I gave birth to a beautiful girl. I got double blessings on that day and I will never forget that day.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I now have a cow which I have always wanted to own since I got married. I will also be able to build a house courtesy of GiveDirectly transfers. May GiveDirectly be blessed.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have bought building materials to build a house but I am yet to build the house. I also bought a heifer that I am looking forward for it to calf.
 
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access_time 4 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that all my children shall complete their basic education and even further their studies. This is because I will utilize the funds on purchasing and rearing some cattle. Once the cattle mature and reproduce, I will sell their offsprings to raise school fees. Currently, we have no source of income since we rely primarily on subsistence farming and our worry has been raising school fees.
What is the happiest part of your day?
As a housewife, the happiest part of my day is in the afternoon after completing my household chores. This makes me feel like a responsible wife and mother.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is raising my three children in the absence of my husband. As a housewife without any reliable source of income, I struggled a lot to ensure we survive. Though at times we had to skip some meals and miss certain basic needs, I thank God that He saw us through. My husband had disappeared for more than five years in the name of searching for a job. Unfortunately, he could not send us any money or keep communicating with us. Eventually, he came home and we are happily reunited.