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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home taking lunch with my children when I heard an SMS alert on my phone. I stopped to check it and I became very happy when I saw that it was an M-Pesa message saying that we had received the 55000/= that we had been promised. My children noticed the happiness and they asked me what was going on. I informed them of the good news and they were so happy too to hear this. We rejoiced together giving thanks to God and GiveDirectly. I then hurriedly prepared myself to go and withdraw the money.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The transfer has brought a very big difference in my life and that of my family. I have been able to build another house that is bigger and roofed with iron sheets. We, therefore, have enough space. The children now have their room that is comfortable to sleep in and study. I have hence also been able to relax and I no longer have stress about where I am going to get the money to do so. Having bought school uniforms and paid school fees for my children, I now feel relieved and with peace of mind. I am assured that they will be able to study without them being interrupted due to school fees arrears. They are also happy because of this and also because they got new clothes for themselves. The food that I bought with part of the transfer will enable us to have something to eat for a while. I will hence not be having worries about what my family is going to eat. All this is thanks to GiveDirectly for this noble program that they thought of starting to help the needy. May God bless you a lot.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
This transfer has helped me in a big way. I have been able to build another house with it. I have also been able to buy new school uniforms for my children and pay for their school fees. I also used the money to dig a toilet and build it, and with the rest of the remaining amount, I used it in buying food and clothes for my children. I have always wanted to build another house that is bigger and roofed with iron-sheets because the one that we have been living in it is small and grass-thatched. The space in the house was hence no longer enough for us and the children did not have a conducive environment for them to study. I was however not able to do the above because I did not have the money. I usually depend on the casual job of doing farming to earn a living. The money that I get most of it usually goes to buying food and paying school fees for the children. So, when I got the lump-sum transfer from GiveDirectly, I saw the opportunity and I decided to take advantage of it. I demolished the grass-thatched house and used the building poles to construct another bigger house.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that we shall afford to build a better kitchen since the one we have has a leaking grass-thatched roof. The ragged kitchen makes our compound look ugly. I have never managed to build a better kitchen owing to the financial constraints we are facing. I am a widow who strives to make ends meet.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I always wake up early in the morning to handle some farming tasks. As such, the happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when I am taking some rest while chatting with my children under a tree shade. As the only parent to my children, we remain strongly bonded by spending more time together.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is the extreme weather conditions that adversely impact my farming activities. As a widow, I rely solely on subsistence farming to sustain my family. Precisely, the poor yields that we usually attain from our farm could barely sustain us.