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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 6 Am when I was still asleep then I heard my phone ringing continuously which was so unusual. I was so curious and decided to check who might have sent that message early that morning. I felt so happy after reading that it was the long-awaited Mpesa message from GiveDirectly.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The major difference in my daily life is that I now own an ox. I have desired to purchase it but I could not afford it because they were too costly. In the meantime, since my neighbor has an ox too, we are planning to combine them since they work in pairs. They will help me with my farming activities. I am now planning to practice large scale farming since it will be easier to prepare the farm in time with the help of the oxen. I will plant different crops for my family use and commercials purposes. I trust my life will greatly change since from the sale of the various crops I will be able to acquire money and meet my family's needs ease unlike before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spend part of my first transfer on buying some building materials such as building poles and threads. These were for the renovation of my house since it was almost falling. Also, I bought some beddings such as a new wooden bed and a mattress to replace the traditional bed that I was using. I also bought an ox at KES 16000 this will mostly help in my agricultural activities. With the remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuffs for my family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
"My ambition has been to build a spacious house. I have been staying in a small structure which is almost collapsing but due to financial challenges, this dream has never emerged. Receiving this money means fulfilling my long time desire. I am planning to spend 80,000 shillings of the transfer on the construction. Furthermore, I am going to spend the remaining amount to purchase 1 indigenous dairy cow which will be providing milk for me at least 1 litre in a day. I will use the milk for my domestic use and this is going to boast my health."
What is the happiest part of your day?
"Afternoon is my happiest part of the day. This is because it is at this time when I have time to rest after working in the morning hours preparing my shamba."
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
"I am an elderly widow who always depends on my grandchildren, who live in town to provide for my basic needs. It is not guaranteed for them to donate everyday sometimes they fail due to a lack of casual jobs. Lack of a good source of income becomes my biggest hardship."