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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was on 17th December and I was just from the shamba. I could hear a lot of excitement from the villagers saying that they had received the transfers and I rushed to the house to check my phone. The message I got on my phone made me the happiest man.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I bought a cow that I now milk and it had always been my wish to own a cow. The milk we get is enough for us to use at home and the surplus is sold to our neighbours and this gives us some income. I also feel more at ease since I owe no one nothing as I have paid off the land debt that I had.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I had at one point bought a piece of land but had not paid it off completely. When I got the transfers, I decided to pay off the debt and bought a cow.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I means I will be able to offset my debt that I incurred during the purchase of the land we are currently living. Four years ago I purchased this piece of land, 2.5 acres in size and the total cost was USD 7000 now I am in debt of USD 45. Also my family will have a cow so that we can get a constant source of milk to feed on ,this will help me make a saving from the money in spend purchasing it .
What is the happiest part of your day?
After working the whole day in my Small farm and achieve my day set targets,be able to feed my family well and make a small saving for the day,then the evening becomes my happy moments
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have an epileptic child, he has been with the condition since birth and we face many challenges taking care of him.sometimes we can't afford to take him for medication or purchase drugs that cost 40USD per month and the child conditions gets to the worst. Other times we can't find drugs in the nearby pharmacies and hospitals which are quite far (approx 35km) from home.so when I am not able to get the drugs it forces me to come back home and take care of him here.