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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference is that now I have acquired a plot that for a long time, I have not been able to clear the outstanding balance. It is only through the GiveDirectly money that enabled me to clear and I now possess it. I am planning to build a rental house so that from it, I will be earning an income.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the notification in the morning when I was ready for the day's tasks. On checking to confirm, It was from GiveDirectly notifying me that I had received my first transfer. I was very happy for the transfer and I felt peaceful and freedom deep inside me on the thought that now I will be in a position to clear my outstanding debt on my plot.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I solely depend on agriculture for the provision of food for my family. Once the harvest is good, then the burden of buying food elsewhere is cut off. To achieve this, I spent part of my first transfer to buy a pair of oxen in order to boost my farming since I have been hiring from my neighbours which was very expensive for me. Getting my own pair of oxen means that I will do timely farming and early cultivation including increasing my acreage for better harvest. I will no longer hire from my fellow villagers and instead I will be hiring to them, which means an income to me. In addition to these, I had a plot which I had not completed its payment. Thus on receiving the transfer, I paid for the remaining balance and I am now in full possession of it. I am planning to construct a building that will be spacious enough to rent for businesses and shops. The rent will be a good source of income which will enable me to invest more in viable opportunities.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My desire is to own livestock because they are viewed as a source of wealth and prestige. Therefore, with this transfer I will purchase cows and goats for rearing. The cows will produce milk which I will sell at the local market to generate income. Once the animals multiply, I will also sell them and be able to save extra cash. Through these savings I will educate my two year old son in future without much difficulty.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Waking up healthy makes morning the happiest part of my day. This is because I am always energetic enough to undertake my daily activities such as household chores and farm duties. It also gives the hope of a successful day to build my future.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband sells water in Mombasa, a source of income that we solely depend on. This job is unreliable and does not provide enough money to sustain the family. He supports me with only 500 shillings in a month, an amount that is unable to cater for food, medical and clothing needs for the family. In line to this, I consider financial constraint as my biggest hardship.