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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I feel having goats is my greatest achievement and the biggest difference that happened to my life. I have all the confidence that these goats will bore more of the young ones. I like practicing agriculture since this is an investment that I can manage. I had a number of them previously but my husband fall sick and so I was forced to sell them to cover for his hospital bills. I am a happy woman to see them in my compound once again and can not thank GiveDirectly enough.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Mpesa confirmation message came in at around 9 PM when we were preparing to sleep. I was the one who noticed this message first and immediately passed the good news to my husband. We couldn't sleep. How could we when we have such an amount of money which belonged to us? We joined hands, prayed and gave thanks to God for seeing us through GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
When I received the transfers from GiveDirectly, I already had plans aligned in order. Priority in the list was to buy two goats. This was basically because I had and still have hopes that they will give birth in the future hence have more of them. It was kind of an investment that will be available just when the need arises.
Secondly, I bought seats for the just completed house. I had no seats by then and every time I had visitors, they would have to stand while in the house or worse still, just have them rest outside for the shame of not having seats in the house.
Lastly, for the rest of the amount, I bought some materials which will be used in building a kitchen. The current one is grass thatched and soon there will be some leakage.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will enable me to buy goats and sheep to rear them in my farm. When the sheep and goats multiply, i will be selling them in order to pay School fees for my children as well as cater for the needs of my family. I will there after use the remaining part of the transfer to complete building my house as well as buying furniture and other household items
What is the happiest part of your day?
My usual day involves going around the neighbourhood in search for casual jobs like weeding people's farms in oder to earn a small amount of money to enable me buy food for my family. I am always happy in the evening since this is the time i come home with food after a long tedious day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband has been the bread winner of our family since we got married but due to engaging in strenuous casual labour like quarrying, he has ended up having spinal problems which has reduced him to just staying back at home and sleeping. I am also arthritic which means i struggle walking long distance in search for jobs that could earn me some money to fend for my family. This is the greatest challenge we are currently facing as a family