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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was 9 a.m, and I was at home, relaxing. When I saw an MPESA message notifying me that I had received KES 55,000, I couldn't believe my luck. My heart was so full of joy because I felt blessed.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since receiving this transfer from GiveDirectly, my life has transformed positively. I am a single mother and the sole provider for my family. I run a small shop to earn a living. Before receiving this transfer, however, I earned a profit of just KES 200, on a good day. This amount was not enough to cater for my family's basic needs of food, shelter and clothing. Once I received the cash transfer though, the situation improved a great deal. I was able to buy more goods for the business. This increased the sales and consequently the gross profit to KES 3,000 a day. I can now meet my family's needs. Thanks, GD!
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I run a small shop as my only source of income. The earnings from this, however, are too little to cater for food, shelter and clothing for my daughter and me. So I was happy to receive this transfer from GD. I invested KES 24,000 in buying more goods for the business, to increase the sales. I also spent KES 24,000 on buying three goats. I plan to sell these whenever I need money. Because it's important to have enough food for the household, I also spent KES 3,000 on a sack of maize. Finally, I spent KES 9,000 on a bed and mattress. We didn't have one before, so we slept on the floor. We now can sleep more comfortably.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving money means self employment and decent housing to me. It feels shameful to fully depend on my husband for everything. I am planning to use 20,000 Kenyan shillings to start a shop business here at home. I will be selling foodstuffs to my neighbors. The profit I will be getting will be used to sort some of our needs thus reducing the burden on my husband. I am also planning to use a total of 20,000 Kenyan shillings to construct a one bedroom house. 5,000 shillings will go into buying a mattress. For the past 1 year, I have been sleeping on a bed without a mattress. I will then use 20,000 Kenyan shillings to buy 5 goats. Goats are a source of wealth,once they multiply, I will sell some and earn money. Finally, I will save the remaining amount into a savings account. As my daughter grows, she will need money for her education.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning. Waking up healthy in the morning together with my 9 month old daughter is a blessing to me. This makes me very happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life is lack of money. I am jobless, together with my 9 month old daughter, depend on my husband. My husband works as a shopkeeper. The pay he gets is not enough to sustain all the family's needs. Sometimes we go to bed hungry due to lack of money to purchase food.