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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was filled with joy when I first received and confirmed that the message I had received they morning from GiveDirectly bore great news that we had been expecting. Receiving such support warmed my heart so much that I got emotional over it. I was at home with my whole family that celebrated that receipt with a lot of expressions of gratitude. Just after enrollment, we had been in deep consultation as we make advanced planning within the household. This made it easier for us since we could not start it over after receiving it but I only had to collect and start spending on all that we had planned.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the construction of a new house and relocating my tailoring business to it. This has made my main house looks spacious and neat unlike before when the cartons were full of clothes and the small pieces would flood the sitting room. I am glad that I can now work on ample space that is easy to clean and maintain.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Just after enrollment into the program, all I wished to see it complete was to free some space I had been working on in my current house. I had been using a sewing machine that needed enough space within the house. Customers' clothes could sometimes pile to the spillage on the cartons that I had been using in storing them before dispatching. On receiving the first transfer, I spent KES 20000 on establishing a small house just at my doorstep that will specifically be for my tailoring business. I am glad that the space that the machine and the luggage that I was working on is now free giving more room for another chair. I also obtained four rolls of chain link at KES 10400 that I used in fencing around my kitchen garden, bought household foodstuff that included maize, rice, sugar, and cooking oil at a total cost of KES10000, bought new pairs of clothes for my family of five and saved the remaining amount to serve any emergency that may arise before I receive the second transfer.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a better education for my children. I depend mainly on farming to get school fees for the children, Recently I have struggled so much to raise school fees for the children hence they are always out of school and they have missed a lot of classes resulting in poor performance. I plan to spend KES 40,000 on paying school fees and pay the balance I owe the school. I will also buy a dairy cow worth KES 35,000 since I do not have a cow in the family. The remaining amount I will use to buy foodstuffs for my family, beddings, and clothing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiness for the last since months is that my husband managed to secure a job in the nearby Centre. He was employed to be a night guard on one of the premises and that means he has been helping out with foodstuffs and other basic items that are not available for the kids.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Raising school fees has been the biggest challenge am facing currently. Production from the farm has been so little. I always depend on farm produce like keels, onions, and potatoes to sell so that I pay school fees, For the last 8 months I have not harvested anything, from the farm because of the low Rains in the area. I feel so bad as a parent to see my children out of school.