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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had great joy at that moment I received the transfer. It was the best time of my life seeing such a huge amount in my account. I was so grateful, felt really blessed by the promise that was finally coming to pass. I am still happy with the results after putting it into use as it has changed a lot that I never expected.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
It has been a rough struggle meeting timelines in paying school fees for all my three children who are still schooling. Having cleared it now is the biggest difference in my life since it has given me a chance to work on other projects alongside the new just completed house. Such peace of mind has never been before and currently, our focus as a household on other projects is working best for us.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After the new construction, I was doing in my household, I spent part of the transfer in obtaining a piece of new furniture with cushions. I needed this since the living room was literally empty when I received the transfer, and even though I never filled it with seats, I am happy that some spaces are well covered. I also spent 8000KES in farm tools and pieces of equipment, 25000KES on paying school fees for my three children, bought them new clothing, and finally obtained enough foodstuff for the household.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
We are a young family that depends primarily on casual job for survival. To be exact, we rely on my husband's carpentry job to acquire food, raise school fees for our children and accomplish other developmental projects. Unfortunately, the relatively little income that we get is insufficient to suffice all our needs. In that regard, we have been uncertain whether our daughter who is currently in Grade 11 would continue pursuing her studies since carpentry jobs have become scarce. Hence, we are certain that our daughter will have ample time to study and complete her course once we receive this money. Nothing other than educating our children makes us proud as a family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when we are sharing some meal with my family members. Ensuring that my family is well-fed serves as great achievement for me and my husband. As a housewife, I my day is usually packed with lots of house chores and some farming tasks. By doing so, I offer my husband some ample time to search and handle his carpentry jobs - our main source of livelihood.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Scarcity of carpentry jobs act as the biggest hardship we have faced as a family. Since the outbreak of the infamous Covid-19 pandemic, many carpenters who had been working in towns and places out of our locality have returned home. Also, many people are not building houses, probably due to the negative economic impacts of the pandemic. As such, our income has dramatically decline owing to the current scarcity of the carpentry jobs. We are currently struggling to feed our family, not mentioning acquisition of school fees.