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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I can still recall vividly that early morning when I saw the notification message on my mobile phone. On checking its content I confirmed it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I had finally received the money that I was anxiously ben waiting for. I felt so happy and I just want to thank them for coming with such an idea.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Owning the goats that I acquired through the first transfer makes the biggest difference in my daily life. I am positive that very soon they will multiply at a high rate and healthy. Currently, two have already started reproducing. I am planning to sell some in our local markets and buy a dairy cow so that I can get milk. I will also sell the milk hence increasing my source of income. My family will also have enough milk for consumption. The diversified source of income will help me to easily meet my family's needs with ease.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some livestock such as goats as the living assets. I decided to buy them because of the many benefits they have. In addition to that, I bought some beddings like a wooden bed and a mattress to replace the won out mats that I have been using. Finally, I bought enough foodstuffs for my family that could sustain us up to the next harvesting season.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
A decent house is generally what receiving this money means to me. As of now, my house is leaking and most of the time I am forced to change bed positions during rainy seasons. I have desired to repair it but due to lack of finances, this has remained a dead dream. My plan once I receive the cash grant from GiveDirectly is to use utmost $300 to construct a new house in order to have a respectable place to sleep. On the other hand, I plan to have a long term investment project and I intend to buy 6 goats at $30 each which will translate to $180. The remaining amount will help me to sort out other household needs like food, beddings, clothing and also to pay school fees for my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Seeing my children taking their meal especially during dinner time gives me the feeling of happiness because it's a clear indication to me that I have fulfilled my responsibly as a breadwinner in the family. Unlike in the morning and afternoon hours when I am bush working tirelessly to get my pay. Therefore evening is the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My current work that I can consider as my source of income is working on my neighbor's farm in order to get a pay, usually $2 per day when luck is on my side. This situation has rendered me inactive on my farm and consequently, low or no harvest for me. Therefore, food insecurity has been my biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life.