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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 9 AM when I was from the farm then I heard my phone ringing which was notifying me of a new message. I decided to ask my son to check what the notification was all about. After checking, he realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I was overwhelmed with joy and without wasting, I decided to plan how best I could utilize it.
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 managed to clear the school fees for my daughter who is in secondary school. Previously I used to pay in bits that is after earning a little amount from the casual jobs however sometimes I could not afford in paying the fees in time. This made her be sent home now and then which affected her academic performance. I had no asset that I could depend on to cater to her fees arrears. She then had to stay home for weeks which was so frustrating. I am now glad because she is now at school studying without any disturbances.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on clearing school fees arrears for my daughter who is in secondary school. Also, I bought some building materials such as iron sheets, building poles, nails, and timber. This was for the construction of a new house because the previous one was small with a grass-thatched roof. With the remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuffs for my family and decent clothes.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means food security to my family. Our subsistence farming has failed to assure the family the normal three meals a day. When I receive the money, I'll use 200 dollars to buy food for my family. Moreover I'll use 300 dollars to buy cattle (ox-plough) for the purpose of tilling a bigger piece of land for higher productivity.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the evening. This is when I get time to rest after spending a better part of my day in the farm.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life is food insecurity and hunger. My annual harvest in my farm isn't that pleasing and can not sustain my family.