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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt great happiness the moment I received the money because it is never easy to just get such an amount, and I felt so lucky to have been one of the people that got to receive that financial assistance from GiveDirectly. It gave me the ability to get and do the things that I had always wanted to, as well address the most pressing challenge which to me was regular food for my family. Therefore, I was so happy when I received the money.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Before, I used to sweat over where I was always going to get food for my family as the only source of income I depended on was charcoal burning and selling, which hardly raised enough to buy food for my family. Therefore, the biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving money from GiveDirectly, I can say, is that I was able to buy enough food for my family that will keep us going for quite some time because that is what I can say was the biggest and most pressing challenge I was facing. We now have food, I no longer have to go to the forest to cut down trees and burn charcoal and sell. I am so happy and grateful, all thanks to GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent most of the transfer which was almost around KES 29000 on building a two room house for rentals. I did this because I desired for so long to have a rental houses business where people will be renting the rooms for their various business, paying me monthly and I am actually happy and proud to inform you that at the moment, I have one room already booked. This is an investment that I believe will live on unlike something else that can be consumed and be finished with time, and it will also be a tribute to GiveDirectly as I will always remember the assistance I received whenever I see my rental houses. I am so happy and proud, all thanks to GiveDirectly. I also spent KES 8000 on repairing my motorcycle because that one too is not only my personal means of transportation but also a business venture since I can at times operate it as a motorcycle taxi and earn a little income on a daily basis which complements my other business which is the rental houses. I am grateful, I no longer have to go to the forest and cut down trees and burn charcoal and sell, like I used to before.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that my family can at least have three meals in a day at least for a while. This is because I plan to buy 3 sacks of maize immediately when I receive this money. This will cost me close to KES 10,000. I will then invest in goat farming. I am a livestock farmer but I mainly keep cows. With the frequent drought situation, I plan to shift to goat farming since goats survive better during drought. I will start by buying 10 goats at an approximate price of KES 30,000.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I was blessed with twins in the month of September and they are doing well. This really brought me joy. I was very elated that I called my pastors who came and blessed them. We enjoyed some music and celebrated with family and friends to welcome them. Giving birth to twins in our culture is a sign of abundant blessings.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The ravaging drought that is currently ongoing is what has brought a lot of challenges in my life. Feeding my seven children is not easy given that I depend on selling charcoal to get money. This business earns me as little as KES 2,000 a week. Another challenge that has been brought about by the drought is loosing my cattle to the drought. The few remaining are emaciated and it's a matter of time before they succumb to the drought. Last week I sold one cow at a cost of KES 3,000 which is a big loss.