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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I can still remember very well it was around 9 in the morning when I was going to my farm when my phone started ringing. I decided to check who it could be. I didn't believe what I saw, it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly I was shocked and happy beyond measures because I knew I would achieve most of my goals through the transfers. I later decided to hare this awesome news to my other family members who were at home.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that through the transfers, I was able to clear my children's school fees. My payer has always been to see them waking up and rush to catch their lessons without missing any. Previously, this has never been achievable because, I am jobless, which leaves my spouse the sole breadwinner of the family (eight members), and he has been working as a taxi driver earning KES 300 in a day. Paying school fees on time was a bit tricky because he had to buy the daily meals as the most needed. Therefore this has been keeping my children out of school was very demoralizing. I feel so happy now seeing them going to school every morning without hiccups like before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying an ox at KES 20000. I have always wanted to keep it for a long time now but I couldn't afford them because they were very costly. I am now happy GiveDirectly has empowered me financially and managed to buy the bull at once. I also bought few building materials like the building poles, iron sheets, timber, nails at KES 16000. This was for the construction of a new house becasue the initial one had cracked walls and an old roof, I was worried it would collapse any time soon. I later paid school fees of KES 12000 for my five children and I am happy they are studying peacefully with fewer disturbances.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a decent house for me and my family. The current status of my house is not pleasing at all. The pillars have weakened and the house can fall at anytime. I am planning to use 20,000 Kenyan shillings of the first transfer to build a new house. I will use the remaining amount of the first transfer to pay school fees for my first born daughter who is in secondary school. For the second transfer, I will use it to buy two cows. After a few years, the cows will multiply. I will sell the cows which will earn me money to cater for my family's needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning. The moment I see all my children have woken up very healthy,makes me have a very peaceful day no matter what I will face during the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Unemployment is the biggest hardship I have ever faced in my life. To provide for my family of seven children, I need employment to earn an income. For the past five years, I have tried to search for any employment slot but luck has not been on my side. As a family, we are forced to only depend on my husband, which is challenging because my husband's salary cannot sustain us.