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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the establishment of livestock farming. buying a cow was top in priorities since we had suffered a rough patch ox expenses due to our daily payment to obtain milk from my neighbor.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
At the moment of receiving the money, I really became very happy, thanked God for the miracle which had come to our household. This to me was a great step towards realizing our dream of owning a cow in our household.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
On receiving the first transfer from GiveDirectly, I decided to use the first patch of it on settling all the debts I had. I saw it a good idea to clear them all so that I plan well on the remaining amount. The second part of it went to purchase of a heifer since we never had any livestock in our fields, also bought a barbed wire to fence the compound and subdivide the grazing are, farm inputs were also in the list of purchases and used the remaining on tilling and planting my piece of land.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have a little experience in poultry farming but I have not had enough capital to rear more chicken.With Give Directly sending me transfers next month I will immediately embark on poultry farming.I will begin by fencing the compound using meshwire.This will cost me Ksh 20,000(200 USD).I will then put up poultry structures and finally buy layers chicken with the remaining part of the first transfer.My target is getting 50 eggs for sale per day when things start running smoothly.With the second transfer I will buy an improved dairy cow breed of around Ksh 45,000(450 USD).With the sale of milk and eggs I will get enough to develop myself while I am still young and energetic to work.
What is the happiest part of your day?
When I do not have any casual jobs I do my own work in the farm.I grow maize and beans in my farm.I work for around 8 hours a day in the scorching sun.This makes me very tired at the end of the day.I enjoy my evenings at around 6:30 pm when I am done with farm work .It is usually time to take a cold shower and relax.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My education journey has been one with a lot of hardships.This is because of lack of school fees.My father did not support me while my mother feel sick and could not do any farm work whereas we depended on farming.I grew up in a polygamous setup and that's the reason my father did not support my education.I was always in and out of school since I had to do casual jobs to raise my school fees.I dropped out of primary school for one year so that I could look for money to pay school fees and register for my final examinations.I also dropped out of secondary school several times to raise money for school fees.I did jobs like looking after cattle.I once worked at a tea plantation for two years when I was halfway through my secondary studies.I came back to complete the two years remaining of my secondary in 2016.By the time I was completing my secondary school studies I was 25 years old.I should have completed at 18 years it were not for the school fees issues.My dream was joining college to study further but this has not been possible.I am now a farmer but I am glad I was at least able to gain knowledge to do and manage my own work wisely.