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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I am a motorbike taxi driver, I was at the nearby shop in our village refilling petrol in the bike when I had a loud message notification on my phone. I was curious to know the content of the message since I had heard my neighbors celebrating after receiving the transfer. I felt very happy about receiving my transfer because it has been long since I hold such a huge amount of money.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life daily life is that I am able to provide the basic needs for family like food without struggling. Previously, we were taking one meal per day and sometimes going to bed without any food. Seeing my children sleeping without eating kept me unhappy.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a livestock farmer, I had wished to expand my farming by purchasing more goats but I lack money to accomplish the dream. I spent KES 15,000 on acquiring 4 more goats this is because I had sold most of them to support my children's education. I also used KES 10,000 to purchase a bed and mattress. Formerly, I was using a traditional bed and old sacks as bedding which was not comfortable, and always felt ashamed whenever I received guests. I had to move from one neighbor to another to seek proper shelter for my guest. I also used KES 7000 to support my kid's education by purchasing books and school uniforms, they use to go to school with casual clothes something that makes me feel embarrassed as a parent. I also bought 3pairs of clothes for every member of my family, we were wearing worn-out clothes. The remaining amount assisted us to purchase adequate food for the family because we are experiencing drought and famine our area at the moment.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money from GiveDirectly means proper education for my children. My children have been on and off school due to the lack of money to pay their school fees. Sometimes, my children spend 2-3 days at home waiting for me to go pay their school fees. I work as a charcoal vendor, a business whose prices flactuate depending on seasons. Sometimes I don't sell enough charcoal to sustain my family due to some undesirable changes in the market. Paying their school fees translates to enough study time and thus improved academic performance.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon. This is the time I spend with family after coming from the forest.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Seeing my children at home due to lack of school fees is the biggest hardship in my life. My children study in a local primary school, a school where parents cater for the salaries of all teachers. Sometimes they are sent home only to find out that I have nothing to give them.