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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was around 9 am. I was taking my breakfast when I heard a message tone from my phone. I called my daughter to check it for me. She said that it was a message confirming that I have received money from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy because I have never received such amount of money before. My children were so happy and grateful for the support. I knew I would be able to build a better house for my family.
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 have build a better house for my family. We used to live in a small house which could not host all my family members comfortably. I had always wished to own a better house but I didn't had the money. I depend on casual jobs and small scale farming. The amount of money that I get through this is so small and I was not able to save. Whenever I had visitors and relative there was not space to host them. Currently I have a decent and spacious house. I no longer get worried on where to host my relatives and friends when they visit me. There is privacy because enough rooms. GiveDirectly has changed our living standards. We live peacefully and our self esteem has been boosted.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent the money I received from GiveDirectly to build a better and spacious house for my family. We used to live in a small house which could not host all my family members comfortably. I had always wished to own a better house but I didn't had the money. I paid school fees for my two children in secondary school. They were so happy and they study well without being sent home. The rest of the money I bought food and clothes. I am so grateful for support because GiveDirectly has changed our living standards.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means better Education for my children. Am an elderly woman with two children in secondary school, paying fees as been a challenge for me since I only depend on farming and recently lack of enough Rains has affected production hence no income. I will spend ksh 50,000 on paying school fees and clearing remaining fee balance. The remaining amount I will buy a Dairy cow Worth ksh 30,000, foodstuffs and furniture for my house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the evening, this is the time I get a chance to rest after my daily chores like farming and household duties. Am also happy since I have met my daily work target.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food shortage has been my biggest hardship, lack of enough rainfall in the area has affected production of maize and Beans and since I rely on subsistence farming I harvest less or no production a time's.