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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was morning hours and I was at home. I had my phone which I always carry around with me. As I was going about with my usual duties, I heard it ringing. I stopped to check it but I could not understand what the SMS I had received was all about. This is because I am old and I do not know how to read. I hence went to my son's place who lives nearby and I asked him to check it for me. He told me that the transfer that we had always been eagerly waiting for had been sent. I was so happy on hearing the wonderful news and I thanked God for the blessing. I left to go prepare myself as I asked him to prepare himself as well so that we could go withdraw the money.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The transfer has brought a very big difference in my life. I was able to purchase a cow with the transfer money. This cow was going to be my source of income especially when it calves since I was going to supply most of the milk to the milk company. The money that I will earn from the sales is what is going to enable me to sustain myself and make other developments.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent most of my first transfer money on buying a cow. I bought the cow at KES 37000. I decided to buy the cow because that is what I had always desired to have for a long time but I didn't have the money to buy one before. I wanted the cow because it was going to be of great help to me since it was going to act as my source of income. I will be able to supply most of the milk to the milk company when the cow calves. The money that I will get from the supply of the milk is what is going to sustain me and also help me in making other developments.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Being an old coupled aged 70s ,we have lived in a traditional single house for our whole lifetime. Receiving this amount means a modern and better shelter for us.The societal lifestyle has changed because modern houses are mushrooming and for our case we have not afforded to be at bar with them .We feel embarrassed whenever visitors like you are around, this is because the house is smoky and sometimes soot falls into the cup of tea our guest is taking.Moreover, there is no privacy in this house because this is the bedroom, kitchen, sitting room and store .A person can see all the stuff within this household.These transfers will enable me get rid of this shame and get privacy because I shall build a big modern house of two rooms.I shall spend almost KES 50000 for materials and labour.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The weather conditions of this area ( presence of rains) in the past few months has made me happy.My herd of cattle has been able to do well in milk production.This has made us to be food secure and to earn incomes from the sale of surplus milk.We sell 5litres of milk a day and this earns me KES 175 a day.The amount received caters for our daily expenditures.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Shortage of food is the biggest challenge we are currently facing. My family has been unable to get enough food nor a balanced diet because of the lack of money. The main source of income in this household is the sales from the milk produced by the one dairy cow in the field.This is usually KES 175 a day , from this we spent KES 100 on two kilograms of maize flour daily and the remaining on other household needs. It is therefore difficult for us to get enough food as required because of the limited resources and the many needs of the family .