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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 1 o'clock when I was taking lunch then I saw a message notification on my phone. Upon checking, I realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy because I knew it was a big relief in my life considering the financial burdens that I had
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 now in a position to take at least two meals a day. Before GiveDirectly came into our lives we were malnourished because we could not afford a proper meal. We could at times sleep hungry or take a single meal in a day. This is because I only deepened on casual jobs which were temporary and therefore getting the daily bread was not that easy. I am now happy and hopeful because we are healthier which is the joy of every parent.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials such as iron sheets, building poles, nails, timber, and threads. This was for the construction of a new house because the previous one was almost collapsing. I then paid the mason KES 7000 as the labor fr the job he did. Also, I bought a goat at KES 5000 which will serve as the living asset that I can lean on. Also, I cleared the school fees arrears for my children who reopened schools recently. With the reaming amount of money, I am using it in buying foodstuffs for my family
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a decent house for my family. I live in a grass thatched house together with my children and one grand child. Am planning to use 450 dollars to construct a descent house for my big family of seven.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I get enough time to rest after a long day in the farm.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship in life is lack of a descent shelter for my family. Living in a one room grass-thatched house has never been something to smile about. Life has been hard especially during the rainy seasons.