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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have been able to provide part of my family's basic needs without entirely depending on my husband for money since he has always been the breadwinner in our family. I am a farmer by occupation and with climate change, it has been very challenging to get a promising income from it. Fortunately, with GiveDirectly's transfer, I have managed to boost my poultry rearing project by investing in egg-laying chicken. This has lead to an increase in the sale of eggs and my income generally.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I got a confirmatory message that I had received my money early in the morning . I couldn't handle the joy and happiness I felt hence I thought of sharing the news with my husband who was travelling back home from work for the festive season . He was also perplex that GiveDirectly had committed its promise since at first he was doubtful before .
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent 50,000 KES of my first transfer to buy a piece of plot purposely for commercial use . This is because the piece of land is near our shopping center therefore its highly marketable to put kiosks which is my long term intention for it so that I would get an extra income from renting them . The remaining amount I boosted my poultry business .
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Adding more chicken to my poultry as well as buying goats and sheep that will multiply in future which will enable me to sell some and start up a saloon business is what receiving this money means to me. I am a house wife and i derive my source of income from selling eggs from my chicken hence adding more of them means a boost financially
What is the happiest part of your day?
Getting a rest at the end of the day after having a busy day in my farm makes me consider evening as the happiest part of my day
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The greatest hardship i have faced in life is lack of employment opportunities. After completing my studies 3years ago, my expectations was to secure employment immediately so as to use the salary i earn in advancing more in my education but contrary to my expectations, securing one has proven hard thus forcing me to be an housewife relying on my spouse for upkeep.