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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 7 o'clock I had just wake up and I was preparing to go to the nearby dam to fetch water. I received message notification from phone and after checking I realized it was my transfer. I felt very happy for receiving my transfer.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is the fact that I was able to acquire the buildings materials for the construction of my children house. I am about to put up the roof and very soon they will be sleeping in a separate house something that will restore the privacy and dignity that I have not been enjoying for a very long time.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent my transfer to purchase building materials it comprise building poles, 16 iron sheets, timber this was for the construction of a house for my children. They are grown up but I was still staying with them in the same house. This because I lack the financial resources to construct a separate house for them. In addition, I bought a bed and mattress for them because they were sleeping on the floor.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means purchasing a pair of oxen and a plough. The motive behind this is to achieve food security which has been my desire for ages. I still use the hoe to till my land and the much I cultivate are two acres of land. This is because it is quite cumbersome hence slowing the process. In the long run I end up getting food that lasts for around 4 months, forcing me to buy for the rest of the year. Since I do not have a good income, my family suffers a lot.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is the happiest of my day when I am leaving for work. This gives me hope that I will earn some money and get food for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of enough finances has been my biggest hardship all along. This is a result of an unstable source of income since I depend on charcoal burning and harvesting aloevera for a living. In a good month I can make upto 2000 shillings but the money is paid in bits because brokers buy charcoal on credit. In some cases I am forced to take goods on credit too whenever they delay the payment. This situation makes it impossible to even save any extra amount because we consume every little penny we get.