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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Currently what has happened in my life is so great that I consider everything a blessing. Looking at my current projects, everything is good enough to put a smile on every member of the family's face. The biggest difference so far is the construction of a new house, larger than the only kitchen we have been living in. This to us means a better space, cleaners floors and even an organized house in the next few weeks in our household.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
At the moment I received the money from GiveDirectly, I really became happy and thank God for that amazing surprise in our household. I had to wake my children up that earlier to celebrate what had come to our household since we have been on a wait over it after we were enrolled. We thanked God for the promise kept and in my heart, I promised myself to do the best to ensure that all plans in the path of expenses will be wisely chosen.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
After the joyful receipt of the first transfer from GiveDirectly, we laid down the strategies on how to spend them based on our priorities as a household. Construction of a new house came first in our list and we had to purchase 29 iron sheets, woods which we had to log and later cut to obtain timber, nails and other construction materials which cost us a total of 32000 KES. We also bought enough foodstuff to take us for the next two months before receiving the second transfer, brand new clothing for every member of the household - which really brought a different image in our household, farm inputs after a decision to rejuvenate our agricultural production and ensure low cost of expenses when it comes to household foodstuff, and finally saved the remaining amount to gather for any other arising need in the process of construction.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My current house is just one room with mud walls and a grass thatched roof.I have always wished to own a better house.When I receive this money I will make my wish come true.I will build a iron roofed house with two rooms(300 USD).With the house I will comfortably host visitors without disturbance from smoke from the kitchen.The house will also help me collect rain water.Water shortage is an issue in this area but during the rainy season I can collect and store to serve me during the dry seasons.I also want to fence my compound using barbed wire to help contain my two cows within the compound.This will make it much easier to feed them instead of tying them the whole day using a rope.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My first duty in the morning is feeding the cows.I then go to my farm and work there till noon.In the afternoon I spend time around my compound doing the house chores.I feel happy in the morning when I am doing my farm work since that is what I depend on to feed my children.It is my main source of income.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am a single mother and I live in my parent's land.According to our culture the female children are not entitled to inheritance of property from their parents.This has become one my biggest hardship since my parents passed away.My brothers have been harassing me whereas I have nowhere else to call home.If I had the ability to buy a separate piece of land I could be living seperately.This has not been possible due to lack of money.