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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt so happy the moment I received money from GiveDirectly. I was at home and we were just about to take supper when I heard my phone ring. I was with my husband and when I shared the good news with him, he was equally very happy. The following day we brainstormed on what we needed to do to make the most of the money.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the payment of school fees that I have been able to undertake. We did not have a very decent house to call home but right now I am happy that we have been able to build one. Having paid all school fees for the entire term coupled with the construction of a new house have reduced the stress levels for us as a family
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
We used KES 15000 to pay school fees for our child and used the remaining amount to build a new house for ourselves. For a long time I had had the desire of building a new timber walled house for our family but which I did not have the ability to since I normally depend on small odd casual jobs to earn a living.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving GiveDirectly money will be a big boost to my family, I plan to build a decent iron sheet roofed cooking area since the One I have been using is an old grass tatched and dilapidated house, this is also where my two daughters sleep because we have a small house which is not enough to accommodate my large family of 8. This will cost approximately KES 20,000. I will use the remaining cash to ensure we have sufficient food stuffs and I will pay school fees to my 2 children in secondary school. This will bring more impact to us, it will reduce on the cost of living for the family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Seeing my family healthy is my biggest joy, also when I heard GiveDirectly was coming to our village I was super excited about it and I am still grateful for the good work GiveDirectly is doing.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Currently I have 2 children in various secondary schools, paying their school fees is a big challenge at the moment we have a fee balance of KES 20,000. My husband and I fully depend on casual jobs which doesn't cater for all our basic needs like education, food and clothing to our 6 children. It is my desire to see them educated and better their lives in future. When I receive money from give directly I will pay their school fees.