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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt so grateful the moment I received the money because it gave me the ability to address and meet the needs that were so pressing, which I had little or no ability at all to address. We could hardly afford a meal a day, and school fees for my children was a constant nightmare with the accumulation of arrears. Therefore, I was very grateful when I received the money because I really needed it and I didn't know where I was going to get it from.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I was able to settle my children's school fees arrears and pay their school fees for the following term as well, which was something that I couldn't personally do. I didn't have a bed and mattress, I used to sleep on the floor which was very uncomfortable because I couldn't afford neither did I have the ability to get one. Right now, however thanks to GiveDirectly, I now have a bed and mattress, my children are in school and I am so grateful and happy.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent most of my transfer on my seven children's school fees which cost a total of KES 20000, who are five girls and two boys. I did this because I know how important education is and I did not want to keep the money and end up misusing or misappropriating it as well as put it into other uses and fail to settle my children's school fees arrears. Therefore, I settled my children's school fees arrears and paid their school fees for the following term as well. I believe that not only is it my responsibility to educate my children but it is also something that I can always count because with a good education, children will be employed and they will help me in the future. I also spent KES 7000 in materials for my new and bigger house because the one we have been having is so small for our expanding family, as well as our children are growing up and according to our culture and customs, it is not right for parents to share a room with their grown up children. Therefore, I am so grateful to GiveDirectly for enabling me get another house.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My house is very small.I am living in a single bedroomed mud house . I am a mother of 7 children of which the first child is a girl aged 15 years old. I have been dreaming to have a big house which has privacy to my children . My daughter depends on sleeping on my in-law's house, something which irritates me very much.Receiving this money means I will build a 4 bedroom house to accomodate all my family, live and sleep happly like others.
What is the happiest part of your day?
When I wake up in the morning, I usually cook porridge for my children and see them to school. I embark on my charcoal business until in the evening when I come back home from the forest.I cook and serve food to my children and we enjoy what we have for that day. Seeing my children enjoying the food together in this time makes me very happy because I believe I have ended the day well.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is lucking a good house to live in .My house is small and I cannot raise money to build a good house. My husband is employed as a night watchman in Mombasa and I am doing charcoal burning business of which our earnings cannot cater for our daily family needs .If I receive this money, I will build a house for my family because I am expiriencing difficulties even to talk with my husband in the night.