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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was already out to my workplace when I received a message notification that morning and with great joy, I had to call and confirm from my neighbors whether they had received the same news. I also called my wife who was back home and after informing her, she was equally excited as we had great goals that we needed to initiate after receiving the transfer.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the booming firewood business that has made our lives easier as its profit margin is lucrative at the moment. Buying firewood from the vendors at a wholesale price and reselling in smaller quantities has an attractive profit. Even though I started barely a month ago, it is so far doing well as I am still the only one running the business in the immediate neighborhood. I am thankful to GiveDirectly and I hope that this business will grow to enable us to initiate other projects that we had been hoping for.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With the first transfer, I managed to open up a small business currently run by my wife in the nearby shopping center. The business deals in buying and reselling firewood to the locals as this is the main source of fuel in the larger community. I had to obtain a huge starting stock of KES 15000 that has so far been keeping her busy as she has so far restocked the stall twice and made an appreciable profit that has made our financial obligation easier to settle. I also had to complete the construction of a store and fix a window of our main house that has been at a halt for a long time now. I needed to buy more timber, a door, hinges and finally paid the labor charges. These constructions as well needed an approximate cost of KES15000, and I am glad that they are both complete at the moment. With the remaining amount, I settled a debt of KES 9500 that I had in my workplace, obtained two sacks of maize at KES 6000, purchased clothes for all the 7 members of my family, and also paid tuition fees for my two sons who are currently in grade 8. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for this generous support that has seen us take a great stride in improving our living standards.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
There is a piece of land that I want to buy but because I do not have enough money, I am not able to do. With the first transfer, I will buy two points of an acre with KES 50,000. We have decided with my wife that we will buy a second hand motorcycle for our inconvenience while going to work and also a source of income for our family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon because I have meet some of the needs that was stressing me in the morning.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have faced is financial constraints. I have a large family and balancing providing and educating them is difficult because my job is not that stable.