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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is owning my dream house where I stay comfortably. Most of the people could not believe that I could build such a beautiful house. I can only thank GiveDirectly for making my dream come true.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the money I felt happy, It was just like a dream. I decide to confirm from my Mpesa just to be sure and really thanked God for the blessing.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
Staying in a first house as per our tradition is not allowed for a long time and the idea of moving to the second one was ringing strongly in my mind. The first one is normally very small but this is where I have been living due to lack of money to build a spacious one and the neighbour had also branded me all sorts of names which made me believe that I could never own a decent one. when I received my first transfer, I decided to spend a larger portion of it on building a decent spacious house. I am glad that right now I stay in my dream house like the rest of the people in our village. The remaining amount went on paying for labour for the person who prepared my land using a tractor in readiness for planting sugarcane. I am certain of getting income later on from it .
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a big support that will go along way to help me and my household realize our goals. I am planning to spend the money on building a new house since the one I am currently living in, is small to accommodate my household members.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when my friends visit me and we spare our time to discuss various topics in life. I feel happy and rejuvenated having friends around me.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is difficulty in meeting medical cost for the members of my households who constantly suffer from different kinds of ailments.