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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was in the midmorning when I received the good news that shade lights on my dream of building a bigger house. I got a new message on my phone and upon checking I was overjoyed with the news that I had received the money I knew from then that I would soon live in a bigger house.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since I got married I have been living in one house together with my young family. I was hopeful that I would build another one but as time went by my family's needs never got me a chance to build one. I had worked around the clock to build one but the little yields from my subsistence farming couldn't allow me to meet my household needs and save some to build one. The biggest difference in my daily life is the house that currently building. I am so happy to see it being constructed since I had wished for a long to have one. This is my hope for a better life since I can invest my small earnings in other income-generating activities thus will improve our lives in the future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent my entire transfer on my family's needs to improve our standards. Even though some of my plans are not done yet, I am happy and hopeful with the process. First, I have spent KES21500 to build a house. I am living in a small house that so inconvenient to live in with my growing children. I have saved KES16000 to assure me of the completion of this construction. I took another KES7600 to invest in my household items and furniture. I feel proud of my items and I am sure I will enjoy the comfort of a fully furnished house with my family. I spent the remaining amount on my family food and clothing.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
The only source of water we have for our family dairy cows is from a village pond two Kilometres away from here. It is filthy, and on many occasions, my cows would refuse to drink it. As a result, they have not been giving us enough milk. I wish to dig a well to avail clean water for these cows and also for our family. The animals will produce enough milk for the family and surplus for sale and as such our household income will increase.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening after am done feeding my cows. It is at this time that I just sit by the cowshed and take a look at how healthy my cows are.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Since I settled here in the year 2010, the biggest hardship I have witnessed is the lack of sufficient clean water for my household and my cows. I have spent a lot of money searching for a solution but nothing has worked so far.