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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was 9 am. when I received a message notification from my phone that turned out to have been a confirmation of the great news I had been anticipating since I was enrolled in the program. I was just a stone's throw away from my house with my father, constructing a fence that separated the grazing field and the farms. I could not check it immediately when I heard the tone but after barely 15 mins, I could not resist the curiosity even though I was fully engaged in the activity that was going on. I was so excited that I had to leave the day's work as I needed to inform my family of the good news.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
After a long wait to construct a new house for my family, I was glad to finally spend a huge portion of the first transfer on obtaining construction materials and paying all the labor charges on the construction work that is currently ongoing. This has so far been the biggest difference as it has given us hope of moving into a new structure for the first time, not only for my children but also for me since I had been living in my parents' old hut since I was a kid. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for this support that has brought in new hope in our family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Since my parents moved out from the old family house that we were raised in from our childhood period, I inherited the house and had been sheltering in it with my family for three years now. On receiving the first transfer, I had to source all the construction materials, and I am glad that the construction is almost complete after spending KES32000. I also had to do a lot on my farms where I hired a labor force and obtained enough inputs in readiness for the planting season at KES2500. It has been my wish to also plant additional trees in my compound after cutting down most of the mature trees. With KES1000 from the remaining amount, I obtained tree seedlings that I planted during the rainy season. We also had a plan as an extended family to connect piped water to our compound. Each household was tasked to contribute KES5000 that I did before exhausting the first transfer I had received.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My ambition is to be able to finish studying. I was studying a course in community health at a nearby college but had to take a break last year because of lack of school fees to finish my exam.I'm now a casual labourer earning $50 per month which is not enough to pay for my school fees. I will use $150 to pay for my exam,$30 to build a better house and use the remaining amount to start farming of maize and beans.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in evening this is because I get to rest after a long day of dealing with clients and chasing targets from my work. I work as a salesman in a local shop and I get to interact with a lot of impatient clients and by the end of the day I'm normally exhausted.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is unemployment,although I have not finished school to be certified as a community worker, I find it difficult to get jobs that can aid in sustaining my basic needs such as paying school fees or buying myself clothes.