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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I cant still remember just like the other day when I was heading to my daily hustle when I heard a loud vibration from my cell phone. That was an alert that there was a new message. Without hesitating I decided to check its content. I was overwhelmed with joy after realizing that it was an Mpesa messge from GiveDirectly. I still recall having returned home and shared the news with the rest of my family members.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that through the transfers, I was able to boost the two businesses that I have been running. This has been my main source of income and I was always worried because the business was almost collapsing since I was not making any profit. This is because there was no steady cash flow since most of the time I could utilize the capital and during those days I could get a profit of KES 300 which was not a guarantee. This was not enough to fend for my family's needs and I had to strain to make ends meet. However, after reviving it, I am glad to say the business is doing perfectly well and in a day I can make a profit of KES 1000. I am now in a position to take good care of my family without struggling like before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my forst transfer on buying some building materials such as iron sheets, building poles and nails, and timber and labor. This was for constructing a business premise since I previously used to hire those of my relatives and friends which were expensive. Also, I boosted my hotel and kiosk business which I was initially running in the neighboring town center. In addition, with the remaining amount, I bought enough foodstuffs for my family that would sustain us to the next harvesting season.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a stable source of income for my young family. I intend to spend the entire first transfer to boost my retail shop business by adding more goods such as food supplies. I anticipate to make at least 500 Kenya shillings a day which is enough for our upkeep and some little savings. The rest of the transfers will go into expanding our business premises specifically iron sheets and labor wages as well as some indigenous livestock that we can sell later to further boost our business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My day is always packed with tiresome activities such as managing the business, farming and house hold chores. I hardly rest during this time and I always long for the day to end. I am happier in the evening when I am resting after such a long day. This helps me to relax my mind as I plan for another day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is limited financial resources to enable us have a stable income. I have owned a retail shop for the past 8 years and I can not count the number of times my business has failed due to increased financial needs such as food, education,medical and shelter etc. In such cases, I have had to find numerous ways including getting into debt to revive it. With GiveDirectly transfers, am hopeful this situation will change.