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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at my workplace busy with my daily activities, it was around 9 am when I heard my phone ringing, upon checking I saw a message showing that I had received money from GiveDirectly, I was so overwhelmed with joy that I stopped all that I was doing, then rushed home, upon reaching home I informed my wife of the good news, she was equally happy and excited, this was the happiest day in our lives and I am grateful for the support that brought so much joy and happiness in our lives.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is that I was able to renovate my house easily and in a short period, I was unable to complete it before due to financial constraints, In addition, that, I cleared the school arrears of my two children, meaning that they would be able to study comfortably, I am grateful for the support that amazingly changed our lives positively.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I was promised the transfer, I thought of putting down a ready plan so that I would be able to spend my money efficiently and effectively, therefore when I received my transfer I followed the script that I had for easy planning, therefore, I used KES 20,000 in renovating my house, I then used, KES 10,000 in paying school fees for my two children, lastly, I bought foodstuffs with the remaining part of the transfer, I am so happy that I was able to realise my goals in a very short period which I was unable to achieve due to financial constraints because I am a casual labourer.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a watchman at Chepkosa primary school.I earn a little amount of money which does not sustain my family in terms of food as well as paying few for my kids.So receiving this money will enable me to buy two cows worth sh 60000.I shall sell milk and save the money in order to pay school fees for my children and also use the money I get from milk sale to buy household items such as food , clothes.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evening is the happiest part of my day because am always satisfied after taking my super.I hardly take lunch during the day because I transport water to various houses using my cart
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial constraint is the biggest challenge I have faced. we have sold most of our cattle to pay school fees for our three kids who are in secondary school. I have gone to an extent of carrying water to people homestead using the donkey cart to get some income.