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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at my farm planting peas when I realized that I had notifications on my phone. Upon checking, I could feel my joy. It was the long-awaited cash transfer that I had eagerly been waiting for. I remember calling all my family members and sharing the news. I immediately withdrew the money and bought food since we had not eaten for two days.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Before receiving the transfers, my five children had been away from school for almost three weeks. This is because the teachers were tired of listening to my false promises of clearing the fees on time. It all happened because I relied on making charcoal and sometimes working on my neighbor's farms to generate an income. The money I got could hardly sustain all our basic needs, including food. Sometimes I was forced to borrow from friends, though it was a bit embarrassing. However, my children ended up being on the bad end more so for providing for their fees. Two had assured me that they would drop out and join me in hustling and supporting the other three, who were still in primary school. This broke my heart, and I felt that I had failed them as a parent. Therefore, having cleared the fees has brought so much joy into my life. Also, they will have ample time in school, which will boost their performances and, hence, a promising future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received the transfers, my four children were at home due to the huge fee balances. I, therefore, had to prioritize this matter and spend almost $380. Seeing them at home loitering here and there stressed me the most because I was worried that they might end up in bad company. However, it all happened because I did not have a steady source of income that I could rely on. I am glad to see them back in class without any disruptions for the remaining months of the year. To add on that, I settled a debt of $70 with a friend, which gave me peace of mind. It reached a point where I used to hide whenever I saw her since I had not been able to acquire her money. This was the worst experience ever. The money I could get from the charcoal activities( $1) on a good day could hardly sustain our basic needs, let alone our debts. Finally, with the remaining amount, I had to buy sufficient food, which took us almost a month.
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What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I have a family of seven members with five being children. I do charcoal burning for living and my husband works as a casual labor at Mombasa. He earns approximately $60 per month and I earn $45 per month. My first born is at Shangweni secondary school with a fees balance of $450 . He is in form three. He did not do end year exam last year due to lack of fees. Four of my children are schooling at Mrima wa Ndege primary school with a collective fees balance of $300 per year. I will use $750 to clear their school fees balances so that they can remain at school and improve their performances. I will also use $250 to buy food for the family. Food shortage has sometimes caused my children not to attend school due to hunger. We normally take one meal per day.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The family has been having food issues for quite long due to lack of reliable source of income. We take one meal per day. However, on 1st 2023, I slaughter three chickens for the family to celebrate after seeing a new year. The gift of life was a worthy celebration despite the food challenges we have had for the year.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of reliable income is the challenge I am currently facing. I do charcoal burning for sale and I earn approximately $45 per month. My husband does casual jobs at Mombasa earning $60 per month. This money caters to my children's education and it is even not enough. My children have been on and off of school due to lack of school fees. This has affected their performance.