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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that I now own a new house. Earlier before receiving the transfers, I used to live in small grass thatched house that was on the verge of collapsing. Whenever it rained we could move some of our items to one corner of the house due to leakages. It was even worst whenever it rained at night since we could hardly get some sleep due to the cold. At some point, my 3-year-old daughter was diagnosed with pneumonia due to long exposure to cold. Building a house has been my long-time aspiration and I am the happiest. We now sleep well and we even have enough space for visitors. Most importantly is the confidence and high esteem level that poverty had robbed me. I am really grateful to Givedirectly.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I received the transfer it was around 3 pm, I was digging my neighbor's farm for pay. I then received the message notifying me that I had received the transfers. I could not even continue doing that work since I felt that I needed time to go share and celebrate the good news with my family. I could not keep the good news to myself. I then asked for fare from my neighbor and Immediately headed home. On reaching home and sharing the good news, ululation, joy, laughter, and tears of joy rented the hair. We could not wait to have them in cash so we immediately prepared and headed to a nearby center to withdraw the money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent KES 25000 of the transfers on building a new house. I then spent KES 10,000 on paying school fees for my children. I then us3ed KES 6000 to buy two goats. I then bought two bags of maize at KES 4200 and the remaining amount went towards clothing my family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means my kids will be able to continue with their education, and I will also use part of the transfer to build a good house
What is the happiest part of your day?
I'm always happy and joyful on Sunday when my family and I go to church, after a difficult week
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest challenge I have ever faced was raising my children's school fees, being a casual labourer I get very little income, at some point others even dropped from school, which is a painful thing for aparent to face