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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home relaxing when I saw a Mpesa message notification from GiveDirectly, I was so excited and happy because this meant that I would expand my business just the way I had planned, I called my mother-in-law who was also in high spirit and happy because he too had received the transfer.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is that I always had a dream of owning my barbershop and a salon but my dream was not realised because of the financial constraint, the good news is that all this is successful because of the transfer I received from GiveDirectly, I also managed to buy a dairy cow worth KES 15,000, I am hopeful that in future I will have sufficient milk supply, I am so grateful for the support.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a businesswoman, therefore investment has always been my key priority, I believe in sustainability hence when I received the first transfer I expanded my business emperor by starting a new Barber Shop and a salon to attract more returns, I also bought a dairy cow worth KES 15,000.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
We have been struggling to educate our four school-going children yet we don't have a constant source of income. I have two who are in secondary school and two in primary level. My ambition has been to give my children better education and fulfill their dreams. We have two dairy cows and we milk 5 liters a day. Out of this, we take 2 liters to the nearby school to cater for my 2 children who are in primary level. We are planning to add one more dairy cow and increase the amount of milk to cater to school expenses. We intend to spend Ksh 20,000 of the first transfer to buy one and the remaining cash, we will use to improve our small shop business. Realizing this dream will be a stepping stone in our life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I spend my morning hours working in our 1.5 pieces of land either weeding, planting, or digging. I spend my afternoon hours in our small shop which is only 200 meters away until late in the evening. I feel more relaxed and happy in the evening after my school-going children are back from school. This is the time we have together as I assist them in doing their assignments which fulfill my duties as a parent.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial constraints have been the biggest hardship we have faced in life. We have 3 acres of land in which we have grown maize solely for domestic use since it is less productive. Out of these 3 acres of land, we cultivate 1.5 acres; we normally harvest 5 bags, and thus no surplus for sale. We entirely depend on maize to cater to the family yet there is no much we get out of it.