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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is owning land worth KES 50000. Purchasing a piece of land was possible immediately I received the transfer. When I look at my parcel, I see a lot of opportunities to prosper. I graze my cow on the farm at the moment and it is good pasture and very sufficient It is already saving me money that would have had to be spent buying pasture. I am certain that I will be earning more from it when I start horticultural farming on it. If it was not for GiveDirectly, I would still be lacking where to decisively do whatever I wish in farming.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was beginning to prepare that day midday meal for my family when the notification arrived. I was elated to know that the money had actually been sent as promised. I almost abandoned the cooking but had to carry on because of my little children. I hastily prepared it as my children would need to eat and go back to school within an hour. Were it not for them, I would have abandoned the plans to make lunch. The excitement was much and as soon as the meal was ready, I joined my neighbours in the rushing to withdraw the cash at a mobile money outlet.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the money I received on buying a small parcel of land. We have been living a small piece of land at my husbands home. The land will soon be subdivided among the siblings and it will mean that I won't have anywhere to farm. The small portion I have bought will be purely for agriculture since I have constructed my house at the farm we currently live on. I will farm cabbages and tomatoes as they are quick to mature and will give money to pay children school . fees . I then bought shooluniforms anfm books. I fanilly bougght food. I bought about 20KG of maize ffor consuption.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Currently, I have no assets of my own that would help me gather for my needs in the family. Receiving this money will enable me have a cow of my own which will help me raise my young children comfortably. I also will be self reliant in the coming days.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I have been able to put food on the table for my children. It is mind relieving to be able to feed your family especially when you rely on casual jobs which sometimes are hard to find.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is when I have gone for days with little or no income from my hustles. We entirely depend on casual labour to earn a living in our family. There are days when such jobs are hard to come by and it makes life quite difficult for us. Some times our kids are sent away from school when we cannot afford to pay the little amount of money required.