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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. It was around 9:40 when the message came. That time I was at the classroom teaching. I had left the phone in the staffroom. When I was done with the lessons I went to check my phone as usually. I could not even believe my eyes. There was message confirming that I have received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy and immediately called my spouse to inform him of the money. He was so happy. When the time arrived to go home I speed up so that we could get enough time to plan. I knew I would be able to pay my college fees on time. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has changed our living standard.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have paid my college fees. I study at a teacher's college in Bomet. I do study during the weekends. I am also a teacher at a nearby private school. I had so many arreas at the collage, this was making me worried because it could have stopped me from during some exams. I do teach at a private school, The salary that I get is so small and cannot enable me to clear the fees. My spouse does casual jobs in the village and the money that he gets is for the basic needs of the family. When I received the transfer from GiveDirectly I felt so happy because I knew I would pay the school fees. Currently I have peace of mind because I know I will sit for my final college examination. Were it not GiveDirectly this could not have happened. We are so grateful for the support because it has brought us hope and faith that all the plans we have as a family will be achieved.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 25,000 to pay my college fees. I do study during the weekends at a teacher's college in Bomet. During the weekdays I teach at a nearby private school. I spent some money on clothes and food for the family. The rest of the money I saved with a plan to combine with the second transfer to purchase a Dairy cow. I am so grateful for the support because GiveDirectly has given us hope to improve our living standard.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My family wants to own a dairy cow to produce milk and also act as a future investment.We are fortunate to get free milk from our parent but we feel like we put so much strain on her, she could be selling what she gives us and get an income. That is why when we receive this transfer we will purchase a cow worth $400 that will aid in providing milk for us and once it gives birth we can sell it in future and educate our children. The remaining amount will be used as follows, $250 in building a kitchen, $3.5 in buying a small water tank and the rest in paying school fees and finish my Diploma in Early Childhood Education.
What is the happiest part of your day?
As a teacher I spend most of my days in school teaching, I have to wake up early each day and be in school by 7. The rest of the day is spent in class or outside for physical studies. I get home at around 5 in the evening and that's when I'm the happiest, because I can rest and also do some studying of my own.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship we face as a family is job security and sustainable flow of income. Both my wife and I are teachers but our combined income amounts to only $200 per month. This is not enough to carter for our needs such as paying school fees, buying a cow or even furnishing our house.