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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
At mid-morning, I was at home chatting with my neighbour when I heard my phone beep. To my surprise, I saw the message notification letting me know that I had received cash from GiveDirectly. The sombre mood I had from my children being sent home for lack of school fees was immediately replaced by overwhelming joy. I could not believe this was happening.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is my family now lives in a spacious, modern house that meets our needs.
Before receiving this transfer from GD, we lived in a small, run-down house. The single room could barely accommodate the seven of us. There was no sense of privacy and this stripped us of our dignity as a family.
All this changed once we received the transfer. We have built a house big enough to give us enough privacy. We have our sense of dignity back. Our lives have truly transformed for the better.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I prioritized the construction of a new house because the one we lived in was too small for our family. My husband, five children and I shared a single room. It could barely accommodate all of us.
So when I received the transfer, I spent KES 42,000 on the construction of a spacious house that could meet our needs as a family. I then spent KES 10,000 to pay off the final instalment for a motorbike that my husband had purchased to enable him to earn a living and provide for our family's needs. Lastly, I spent KES 2,000 to pay for school fees for my three children. I'm so glad that they can now stay in school and learn.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means owning my own piece of land. I live on family a land. This has made me unable to make any decision regarding farming given that the land belongs to the entire extended family. This has rendered my family food insecure given that the piece of land we farm is small and not sustainable to my family of eight. Moreover, owning your own land gives you a good position where you can decide on what to do with the piece of land. I will use 600 dollars from this transfer to buy two acres of land at 300 dollars each. This will increase my family's food productivity and at the same time earn my family the great respect of owning our own piece of land.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is the happiest part of my day. Waking up alive and healthy is the greatest joy ever given that other people are struggling in hospitals.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is lack of money to cater for my children school fees. My husband is a motorcycle rider in town, an occupation that is not reliable. This has made us struggle to educate our children and seeing my children sent home due to lack of school fees makes me sad and hopeless.