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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
it was around 9:45 AM when I was from the dam in the next village which is 10KM from my home when I heard a message tone. I opted to ignore the notification since I was so tired. Later on, another message popped in, I was a bit curious and deiced to check. I realized that it was from GiveDirectly, I had finally received my first transfer as promised earlier. I was overwhelmed with joy becasue I was certain my life would never be the same again. I later shared the news with my two children who could also not contain their joy.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My life has been full of sorrows and for a long time now, nothing significant was going on in my life and I had lost hope. As a single parent who has been depending on selling charcoal in the local market, I could not make long time goals since I could squander all my income in catering for my daily needs. On a good day, I used to earn KES 200. This was not enough in sustaining my family's needs and pay school fees for my two children. I had been yearning to at last own a piece of land since the current one was for my friends who could sometimes change and demand some money. I would at times be threatened to be thrown out if I couldn't pay. I never had peace because I didn't have anywhere to run to. Apart from that, during the planting seasons, I was not able to do any farming because at times I could not afford to lease land. This eventually facilitated the prolonged poverty and unavailability of food in my household. I am now a happy mother because I am even planning to build a new hose on this piece of land that I had already bought using the transfers. I will start practicing farming and I believe that through this my children will no longer starve like before. All these achievements are the biggest difference in my life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying a piece of land (one acre)at KES 40000. This is what I have been dreaming to own as an asset that I can rely on and for the sake of my children. Being a single parent and the family breadwinner it has never been easy for me to buy the land using my own cash. To add to that, I cleared school fees for my two children who are in the primary school a total of KES 2000. They have always been sent home regularly for fees which have been affecting their academic performance generally. It has been stressing me as a parent but then I had no option. In addition, I bought decent clothes and shoes for them to replace the old ones. With the amount of money that that had remained I bought enough foodstuffs for the family and we no longer skip meals like before.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this transfer means buying my Land. I separated with my husband 3 years ago after having marriage conflict, and I was forced to move out of my matrimonial home and return to my parents with my 2 children. According to our culture, once a lady is married she is neglected from inheriting any properties from the parents. I plan to spend 50,000 shillings to purchase 1 acre land so that my children can have security in future to avoid issues with their uncle. This will also boast my satisfaction. Also I will spend the remaining amount to build a spacious house so that we can leave comfortable.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is the happiest part of the day. It is at this time when I can perform my casual jobs and earn something to provide for my family needs such as food. Unlike in the evening when I am too tired and I can not do any tasks.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of a reliable source of income is my biggest hardship I have faced in life. I work as a casual labourer who earns me 200 shillings and it is not guaranteed. This has made me fail to sustain all my basic needs such as food and shelter.