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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Being a motorbike taxi driver, I was riding my motorbike coming from fetching water for my family consumption. I heard a message notification on my phone, I stopped riding and checked the message on my phone. I felt very happy after realizing that I had received my transfer from GiveDirectly. This is because my plan of refurbishing my house was finally about to be achieved.
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 am living in a decent irony roofed house with the family. My children are enjoying their nights in a proper shelter and I no longer have to worry when it rains at night. This is a great development that I would not have done in a very short time without the transfer. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for the aid that has transformed our lives for the better.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
For many years, I have been living in a grass thatched house. I was experiencing a lot of challenges especially during the rainy season because of the leaking roof. Seeing my kids spending sleepless nights due to the poor condition of our house bothered me a lot. My desire was to change it to an Iron roofed one but I lacked the finances to accomplish this wish. After receiving my transfer, I spent KES 38000 to purchase 18 iron sheets, timbers, nails and paying the labor charges for put up the new roof. I also used KES 8000 to clear all the fee arrears for my 2 children and pay all the term one fee. I also bought school uniforms for 2 of my kids that were yet to join the primary school. They had reached the age of joining school but I lack the finances to start them off. Lastly, I bought one goat to start a goat rearing a long-term investment for the family. I am also planning to spent my second transfer to boost my livestock rearing.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means good housing to my family. I have a family of seven people and we are all living in a one bedroom house which is not spacious for the family. I am planning to build a two bedroom house which will cost me Ksh.45000. I will use the remaining house to build a business house at Ganze town. This will boost my family income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest Part of the day is in the afternoon. As a motorcyclist, my day brightens up interms of income during the afternoon hours. I buy food for my family during lunch hours.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I work as a motorcyclist. When Covid-19 came to our country in 2020 , my work became very had because of the covid protocols. Before covid , I used to earn Ksh.1000 per day . During lockdown ,I used to get approximately Ksh.200 per day . This was very little to feed my family. That is the biggest hardship I faced in life.