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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I took my phone for charging early in the morning before heading to the field to make charcoals. When I returned home in the evening at around 3pm, I heard people talking excitedly about the first transfer from GiveDirectly. I told one of my children to go for my phone and since the phone doesn’t have a phone lock, she switched on and immediately saw the transfer message of KES 55000.00. She came home running and excited. When she gave me the information I wanted to see by myself. I jumped up and down in happiness after seeing that I was not left behind in the transfers by GiveDirectly.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My children were used to be in school just the first 2 weeks after opening and remained home for the rest of the term, but since the time I received the transfer from GiveDirectly they are now full time students in school like the other children. This act has brought peace of mind in me and my children too. We appreciate the support.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Having been sleeping on a mat with my 7 children for so long, I saw it prudent to buy 3 mattresses at KES 2700.00 each, I also paid school fees amounting to KES 10000.00 so that my children to continue with their learning smoothly not as before when they were often sent home for fees. Thereafter, I bought 20 pieces of iron sheets for KES 16000.00. the reason was to construct a house since the one I had was in a poor state.
Due to the high bills of paraffin for lighting on daily basis, I bought a small solar panel for KES 2300.00. Currently we have good lighting system at home. For the remaining amount, I saved it for the family upkeep.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means access to education for my children. I have a family of eight children. One finished class eight but has not transitioned to secondary school due to lack of school fees. Four are in primary school and three are still very young. Raising these children has really been difficult because I do not have a stable source of income. I depend on charcoal burning business which earns me less than 1000 KES a month. This money is not enough to meet the basic needs of my children. They have been on and off school due to lack of school fees. Upon receiving this money, I will use the first cash transfer to pay all the arrears in school and pay college fees for my first born to study a technical course. I will use the second transfer to buy beddings because we sleep on the ground which is not safe in case a snake gets into the house and the rest start a small business to generate income for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evening is the happiest part of my day. This is because I usually leave early in the morning around 7am in the morning, then I come back in the afternoon to cook for my children. I go back to the forest to spend the rest of the day burning charcoal and return home in the evening around 5pm. During this time, I get time to cook food for my family rest and refresh myself as I prepare to face the following day. Having time to relax and eat together with my family brings joy to my heart.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of a stable source of income has been the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life. Imagine having a family of eight children who look up on you as the provider for their basic needs without having any source of a stable income. This has been my stress. I depend on charcoal business that earns me less than 1500 a month. This is money is not enough to meet all the basic needs of my family. All the money I get is spent on food only. This has made my children to be on and off school due to fees arrears. I intend to use the cash transfers to clear all fee balances for my children. I will also use part of it to pay for my first born son to study a technical course in college. The rest I will use to buy beddings and start a small business to generate income for my family.