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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that now I have my own motorbike and all the money that I make from the motorbike is mine; I do not have to share it with anyone like I did before with my employer. Now I make from 600 - 1000 KES everyday from the motorbike that I take home. I can now provide for my wife her needs that she would ask before and I could not afford.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was not expecting that money on that day. I was on my way to Bamba town at around 11:00 AM. A message came into my phone and when I checked, it was the money coming in. I was very very happy as I had no money at all at that time. I am still very happy up to now. I told no one about it at that moment and I immediately started making plans on how I would purchase a motorbike.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my transfers to purchase a motorbike worth 40000 KES. I have been employed as a motorbike rider where I used to carry passengers to their destination for some pay, of which I would give my employer a fixed amount of money every evening. I never imagined I could ever have my own motorbike. I am very happy and grateful to Give Directly that now I ride my own motorbike and all the money I make is my own. I take home from 600 - 1000 KES everyday, after taking out all the expenses. I can now comfortably provide for my family and provide for my wife most of the needs that she asks for; something that I could not do before. I also spent the transfers to revive my poultry business that had collapsed a while ago, after I spent the proceeds from the poultry to treat myself in hospital.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I used to burn charcoal for a living but I stopped after it was banned by the government. I was then employed as a motorcyclist which used to earn me around 500 shillings in a day. I left this job after undergoing a medical operation and I could not work anymore. My desire has always been venturing into motorcycle business, but I could not achieve it due to lack of enough funds. Therefore, with Give Directly transfer I will purchase a motorcycle that will earn me a stable income because currently I depend on subsistence farming. I will also revive my poultry farming business which I was running earlier. This will improve my livelihood and I will be able to provide for my family. I will also be able to educate my brother who completed class eight this year.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am mostly happy in the afternoon when I am having lunch with my family. This is the time we get to share and encourage each other on how to handle life challenges. Such talks bring hope in my life whenever I relate them to my current condition. It relieves me of stress as we laugh thus bringing joy to my heart.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I underwent a medical operation twice in 2016 and April 2018 consecutively. This condition drained my financial resources as I used all my savings to cater for the medical bills. I even sold my 50 chicken and 7 sheep which saw my livestock business collapsing drastically. However, this was not enough and my family had to call for a fundraising to support my financial needs. Since then I have not been able to work because of the wound. This has made my wife the sole breadwinner and apart from subsistence farming, she goes an extra mile to burn charcoal although it is against the law. She engages in all sorts of menial jobs such as digging in people's farms to sustain our basic needs. My financial status has never stabilized and I can say financial constraint is my biggest hardship. However, the condition is improving and I am hoping to revive my normal life.