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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I remember vividly it was around 9:30 am when I was in my small shop serving my customers. I heard a loud message notification on my phone and after completing attending to them, I checked my phone and realize that I have received my transfer. I felt extremely happy since I had been waiting for this aid to boost my business.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am currently a happy shopkeeper after boosting my business with the aid. I was able to restock the necessary things in my shop and nowadays, I earn enough income to cater to my family needs. In addition, my customers are always happy getting all what they need under one roof.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Being a shopkeeper, I invested KES 20,000 in my small shop business, it was struggling and about to collapse due to lack of enough capital. Currently, the profit has raised from the normal 400 to 1000 per day. With this income, I can cater to the needs of my family without much struggle. I also spent KES 14,000 to purchase 4 goats at KES 3,500 this is a future investment for the family. With 5 children currently in lower primary school, I will use them to support their studies once they join secondary school. Furthermore, I spent KES 5000 to clear the existing fee arrears of my children. They were constantly sent home due to school fees, presently, they focus on their studies because they are no longer send home because of fees issues. In addition, I bought proper beddings for the children they were sleeping using sacks that were not comfortable. The remaining amount assist me on purchasing enough food for the family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means stock expansion to my business. I am a businesswoman who has been operating a kiosk shop worth 20,000 Kenya shillings. I have desired to run a shop with large stock worth at least 60,000 Kshs but due to financial challenges, this dream has never been fulfilled. I am planning to spend 40,000 shillings on the top-up. This is going to generate more income for my family. In a day I can make at least 400 Kshs as proceeds which is enough to sustain all our needs such as school fees. Also, I will use the remaining amount to clear school fees for my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is my happiest part of the day. This is because I can perform my house chores and leave for my business so that I can provide for my family needs such as food. This is different from evening when I am too tired.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of a reliable source of income has become my biggest challenge. This is because I depend on my small business (kiosk) which generate little proportion 150 shillings in a day. This amount is not enough to sustain all the basic needs such as food. In a day my family spends at least 350 KShs.