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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was just about to leave my house for my place of work when at 9.10 a.m, I received a message. It indicated that I had received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly. I was so surprised because receiving such a huge amount of money is a blessing. A few minutes later, I heard songs of celebration from my neighbours as they also received their transfers, and we all joined in to mark the special moment.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
It is such a relief to me that my family does not have to buy milk anymore. Before, we had to do so at KES 40 a litre. Since I only earn KES 3,500 a month from my job as a tutor, this was costly to us, as we had to pay for other expenses such as food, rent and clothing for all four of us. So I was happy when this transfer enabled me to buy a dairy cow that supplies us with enough milk. We can save the money we would spend on buying the same, and this makes a huge difference to us.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
We have always had to buy milk at KES 40 per litre every morning. Sadly, this is costly for us because as a tutor employed by a school's Board of Management, I only earn KES 3,500 a month. So I spent KES 35,000 on the purchase of a dairy cow that can supply us with milk. I then spent KES 19,000 on paying for my fair share of contribution towards the purchase of a chaff cutter, for feeding the family's cattle.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means food security. I depend on my parents for milk. I am given 2 cups a day for my children. I feel this is too little for them. So when I get this money I will buy a dairy cow. A good dairy cow is quite expensive I need like 50000 to purchase it. dairy cows can produce 8 litres of milk per day. I will use 2 litres of the milk for household use and the remaining I sell to generate more income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am a teacher by profession. So when I cleared college I was employed under Parent Teacher Association. I am not paid much but the little I earn enables me to feed my family. This has brought joy and happiness into my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest challenge is insufficient money. I am passionate about crop farming but due to lack of money to buy certified seedlings and fertilizers, I have been under-producing. This has weighed me down and I have not been able to maximize the production.