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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around mid-morning when I received a new message on my phone and upon confirming it was a Mpesa message confirming that I had received money from GD. I felt so happy since this gave me a sign of completing the house extension that I had wished to for a long.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I spent a large portion of my first transfer to purchase building materials which allowed me to complete an extension room to my house. My intention had been to build a new decent and spacious house to live in with my family comfortably. I have been living in a small semi-permanent house and even though it can comfortably host my young family, I knew I had to add a room for my growing children. I am grateful to GiveDirectly because their financial support has enabled me to acquire building materials which if I was to buy at my own cost, then I wouldn't have gotten at such a moment. This is the biggest difference in my daily life since I will always have it and soon I will my family in more spacious rooms each and every one of us enjoy the comfort of our home.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I had started to build a semi-permanent house that I lived in with my young family. It has been comfortable since my children are young but since they are growing, I had foreseen that it will be a must for me to have a bigger house thus I build an extension on it. With the limited resources, I had not been able to complete it. When I received my cash transfer, I used KES35000 to complete it. I am glad that soon I will a bigger house that can comfortably accommodate my growing family comfortably. In addition and as a way of investing my transfer, I took KES20000 to add stock that will enable me to operate my business without any difficulties. This to me is an investment from which I am expecting a good income that will enable me to meet my financial needs. I am now happy that my business is doing better.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will help us as a family improve our home by expanding it. The current house that we are staying in is so small especially our bedroom. Our children are all grown and the expanded room shall be used as their bedroom as we have our privacy as the parents. I also intend to use the remaining amount to improve my poultry keeping project by adding more chicken. The idea to improve my poultry keeping project was informed by the fact that we may have surge in needs for our family going forward especially payment of school fees.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when I am done with the day's activities and can have time to relax with my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have faced is when I had just gotten married to my husband. My husband was working as a security officer and being a first born in their family, he had to meet almost all the needs of the family. There are times that we almost slept hungry when he failed to send some money. I was at the verge of giving up on marriage but I did not have the courage to do it. I however thank God that we have been able to work hard as a family and are currently staying in our land and have built a house in it. We hope to even achieve more with GiveDirectly.