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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 1130hrs and I was just seated in the house when I heard a message come into my phone. I checked my phone and it was the Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I was very very happy and excited to see the message.
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 build a better and bigger house for my family. I was also able to clear my children's school fees balance and to buy livestock. I now own my very own livestock and my family and I also live in a comfortable house.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent my transfers to build a house for my family, to buy three goats and to pay school fees for my children. I have four children and I cut and sell charcoal for a living. My husband's main occupation is also cutting and selling charcoal. We live in a small house and we are forced to squeeze in the house. We could have never acquired the resources to build a house without the help from GiveDirectly. We are very grateful.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this means a proper shelter for my family. I have desired to construct a good house for my family but I have no achieved it due to financial instability. Currently, I am living in a temporary structure after my house collapsed 2 years ago due to heavy rains. My plan is to spend USD 350 to build a two-roomed iron-roofed house for my family. I will invest $ 500 of remaining amount on improve my farming by purchasing oxen and ox-plow this will assure me of enough harvest hence enough food for the family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Being a charcoal vender, I spend the better part of my day doing my job until evening when I return home to relax my body and meet my family. I usually interact with my siblings after work while eating dinner together in a common place where we share our experience of the day. This interaction makes me relax and help me forget all my stress. Therefore, evening is the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Unemployment is my biggest hardship I am facing. Being unskilled securing a good job to support my family has been my challenge. This has made me to resort into charcoal vending, a job that earns me less than a dollar per which is not enough to fully cater to our basic needs like food and proper shelter.