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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The money has really improved my life since it has enabled to effectively boost my business of selling vegetables from my farm to my neighbours and also watering them is no longer a problem because with the small generator I bought, it now possible to pump water to the farm. To me this is the biggest difference in my daily life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was awakened by a message and on checking, it was from GiveDirectly notifying that I had actually received the transfer that they had promised us in our village. Previously I had thought that whatever GiveDirectly had promised was a lie but now this notification fully convinced me that it was a reality. I felt happy and peaceful for I never thought of receiving such an amount of money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to buy a small power generator to help me pump water to my vegetable shamba. I have a small shamba that I plant vegetables like sukuma wiki, brinjals and tomatoes and previously I was using only buckets to fetch water to irrigate them which was tiresome and time-consuming. I thus purchased this generator that is fast and convenient and time-saving as it uses power to pump from a borehole. I sell these vegetables to earn an income. I am planning to spend the remaining amount to buy a water tank to store water for watering my vegetables and also I am planning to open a shop in my village to sell some fast moving goods to make a profit and expand my sources of income.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means earning more income so I can guarantee a better life for me and my family. I plan to buy a water pump to help me irrigate my farm on which I have planted tomatoes, okra and kales. This will help me increase my yield and become a supplier in my village and the nearby markets in Bamba and Mariango.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening because I get to sit down with my children and enjoy a meal with them. We talk and laugh together. This makes me very happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life is lack of sufficient income. This has made it difficult for me to pay school fees for two children in secondary school. It pains me when they are sent home from school and have to stay home for almost two months before I can make enough money to take them back and be able to pay the fee balances.