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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I have lived using a small old house as a kitchen for quite a while with hopes that I will build a bigger one. The moment I received my transfers was the happiest time of my life as I immediately reflected on the small kitchen I had and I would completely change it by building another bigger and decent one to replace it.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I do farming to be able to provide for my family. I have had a dream of making my farming more profitable but due to scarce resources, I haven't been able to. The biggest difference in my daily life since I received my first transfer from GiveDirectly is the sheep that I currently own. I feel empowered since this an added asset I currently have on my farm and I believe this will bear me many offsprings that I will soon convert to a heifer and my farm continues to grow.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
It was my happiness receiving cash transfers from GiveDirectly since I had a lot of plans to undertake in life without the financial ability to execute them. I first took KES25000 to buy building materials that include building poles, iron sheets, nails and paid a carpenter to build me a kitchen. I am happy that this soon coming to be real once the carpenter gets time for me. As a way of investing, I used KES6400 to buy sheep and six hens as added assets on my farm. These are assets that I will always rely on and am assured they will grow and multiply making me richer. I took the remaining amount to spent on both household items, furniture and more so our family needs, clothing and daily food.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
As a young growing family, to adapt to this life is a bit challenge more so when you don't have a stable income. I am a carpenter and the little I earn goes to basic needs. I have been dreaming of purchasing a dairy cow of our own. Now we depend on my parent to assist us with milk. I have been seen this as a burden I am giving them since they have other children to cater for. God willing we receive these transfers, I will purchase a dairy cow of 25,000 shillings and use the rest for the expansion of my kitchen.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is the evening. It is at this time because I get time to rest after toiling and moiling doing household chores and weeding my vegetables.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Since I don't have any source of income I depend on my husband. From his carpenter work, he can earn around 250 shillings per day. This supposes now to cater to all the basic needs of around 300 shillings. Lack of a stable source of income has been our biggest hardship because what we get cannot march to cater our basic needs.