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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have been able to clear school fees for my daughter who is in secondary school. School fees arrears had piled up into huge amounts that I never thought she could be allowed to proceed into her fourth form. She has since joined her fourth form and will sit for her final examinations at the end of this year. I am optimistic that she will pass and bring change to our family. I honestly feel so happy and indebted to GiveDirectly for the timely support that they gave us.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt so happy the moment I received money from GiveDirectly. I heard my phone ring at almost dawn that day but since I could not read I waited until morning when my daughter read the message for me.We felt so happy as a family and even took sometime to pray. We already had plans on how we were going to spend the money but we took our time before we could withdraw the money and put it into good use as earlier planned.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used part of my first transfer to build a house for my family and part of the remaining amount was used to pay school fees for my daughter. I also used part of the remaining amount to buy household furniture, bought clothes while the remaining amount was used to buy food for the family. We were staying in a small grass thatched house that was almost falling because it was so old. I have had the dream of building a bigger and better house but due to financial difficulties, I could not put up one until I received GiveDirectly funds. I feel so proud and happy that I have not only been able to put up this house, but also bought furniture to make the house more habitable and comfortable for my family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My kitchen is grass thatched and very old.I have always wished to build a new one;thanks to the transfers from Give Directly.My plan is building a spacious kitchen with an iron roof.This will cost me Ksh 15,000(150 USD).My other plan is buying a dairy cow costing Ksh 20,000(200 USD).I have one cow and getting another one will be a big boost.My target is selling 5 litres of milk in a day.I also want to use part of the transfers to pay school fees for my children.I have one child in secondary school and two will be joining secondary school next year.Without Give Directly this would have been a big burden for me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am a farmer and most of my daily activities involves physical jobs and working in the hot sun.I am a dairy farmer as well as a crop farmer.I am happy the moment I get to relax after a busy day.That is in the evening.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
As a farmer,I have limited space to practise profitable farming.I live in 2 acres of land which I share with my children.I have six sons and as they grow old,each one needs to have his share.Currently, two of them have their own share since they have married.I get very little from my farm whereas I still have the burden of paying school fees.This has been a big hardship for me.I have three children still going on with their studies and two others who are at home because I do not have money for them to proceed to colege.I am a widow and all the burden is on me.