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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was about 9.30a.m and I was home going about my daily house chores when I received a message bearing the goods news of the first transfer.I was super excited.To me,this meant a lot since for the longest time I had plans to purchase sheep but with financial constrains, it proved to be unattainable.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is purchase of the sheep.Buying of the six sheep at once is a great stride in my life since once it lambs it will multiply and will earn me a living and hence sustain us in buying our daily basic needs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
On receiving the first transfer, buying of sheep was my first priority.I obtained six sheep at Kshs.30,000.This not only will be for domestic purposes but also I have hope that it will reproduce and I will be able to sell in future to get an extra income.I also obtained timber at Kshs.15,000 for building a two roomed house whereby one will serve as a kitchen and the other one will be a store.I will be able to complete this with my second transfer.With the 10% of the remaining amount I gave out to my church as a tithe just as a way of thanking God for blessing us abundantly.With the remaining amount we saved so that we can use to acquire our daily household items.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will mean a lot to me. I have had plans of building a small structure that will act as a kitchen because right now, I cook inside the main house and it is not comfortable especially when hosting guests. I intend to use KSH 30,000 to start a business of selling fries at Kabuson Centre and use another 30,000 to start a poultry business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is in the morning because I get to plan, check on my farm and do my chores because I am energetic.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Securing a job nowadays is difficult, tedious and expensive. I have tried severally but to no avail. This has had me thinking of starting a business but I do not have any capital now. I am hopeful that the amount that I will get, I will use to start a business and sustain my family.