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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I can still recall very well it was around 10 AM when was at my farm with my children when my phone started ringing. It was a message notification and since I am illiterate I asked for a hand in help from one of my children and after checking, he realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy and I remember we even opted to go back home due to the excitement.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference that I can proudly mention is that through the first transfers, I manage to construct a new house for my children. Before GiveDirectly came into my life, we used to shelter under one roof and some of my children had to seek shelter from their friend's houses. This is because our house was very small and due to financial difficulties, I couldn't afford to purchase the necessary materials. This has been frustrating me quite a long tie because my children could trek daily to their friend's houses which were far away from where we resided. Since there are lots of wild animals such as elephants in my region I was so afraid someday they might harm them. Therefore after receiving the money I had to prioritize the house and I am glad I achieved it. We no longer have to worry about the insecurities issues or even the heavy downpours,
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying building materials which include pieces of iron sheets, building poles, nails, threads, and timber. This was purposely for the construction of a new house for my children who have been seeking shelter from their friends for so long. Also, I bought beddings which include a new wooden bed and a mattress for a total of KES 10000. They were to replace the old ones that I have been using for all those years. In addition, I paid fees for my children who are in primary school. With the remaining, I bought enough foodstuffs for my family and some other household items that I was lacking.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a descent and a spacious house for my two boys. My children have been sleeping under a leaking roof for 2 years now. This is really disturbing. Getting this money means I'll construct a two-bedroom house for them. They will have a descent place to sleep and this will make me happy. I'll use the balance to buy goats for domestic rearing. I will later sell the goats to take my children to secondary school.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning. Waking up alive and healthy makes me happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life is lack of a descent shelter for my children. My children have been forced to sleep under a leaking roof for 2 years now.