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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was around 9:45 am, I was taking care of my cows. when I heard a ringtone message from my phone. I didn't know it was a message from GiveDirectly, when I check the message I felt so happy because I have never received such amount of money before. I immediately inform my family members and they felt do happy too. I knew I would be able to purchase an ox and other things that I had planed. I withdrew the money after three days. I I wanted to take my time to plan with my family.
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 have bought an Ox at a cost of KES 20,000. This is an investment that I have always wished to invest in. I will sell the ox after eight months at the cost of KES 40,000. The reason that made me not to purchase a dairy cow is that, it's so costly and I had other needs to meet. I depend on small scale farming. We plant maize and beans. Sometimes we get poor harvest because our area is semi desert. We had no savings for investment. I am so happy now because GiveDirectly has changed our living standard. I have hope that in the next few months I will buy a dairy cow and I will get enough milk for my family and even sell the surplus to earn an income.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 20,000 to buy an ox. This is an investment because I will sell in the next eight months at a higher cost to buy a dairy cow. I paid KES 10,000 for school fees for my children in secondary school. This enabled them to study well without being sent home to collect the school fees. I gave out KES 10,000 as church tithes, I bought furniture, solar panels for lighting the rooms. The rest of the money I added to my business of buying cows from farmers and selling at the market. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has changed my living standard.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means an increased source of income. I am currently engaged in a small business of buying and selling cows within and outside the village and selling them in a nearby market. The business is nowadays unreliable because we seldom get cows to buy and sell. I am therefore planning to buy a dairy cow of approximately Ksh 30,000 and my projection is to milk 8 liters a day. Out of this, I will sell 5 liters at Ksh 30 per liter and consume 3 liters. The proceed I get will be used to cater to education and household expenditure. This translates to an improved household income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My morning day entails working (digging, weeding, and fencing) in our 1.5-acre piece of land where we have grown maize for domestic use. I spend the rest of my afternoon looking for cows for sale on the next market day which comes on Mondays and Fridays. Going back home in the evening having bought some cows is the happiest part of my day. This means I will be able to put food on the table for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is unfavorable climatic conditions in our region. Over the past 10 years, we have been unable to harvest enough crops on our farms due to unknown diseases. Initially, we used to rely on maize to cater to both education and domestic expenses. This has become something of the past due to unknown diseases which affect our maize. We used to harvest 22 bags of maize on our 1.5 acres of land unlike today, we harvest only 8 bags which is not enough to sustain a family of 5. Life has become intolerable and this has led to sleepless nights. Thanks to Give Directly for their timely entry into our village.