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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was on 17th December and I had gone to visit a friend of mine. I heard a message notification on my phone and on seeing that it was the GiveDirectly transfer. With a lot of excitement, I told my friend about it and at that same time, also received the transfer. The happiness that filled the room could not be measured.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My children were able to go to school without worry of where we would get school fees and money to buy school uniform since they had outgrown what they had. From my husband's salary, we have been able to buy chicken in order to rear chicken so as not to waste it since GiveDirectly had covered what his salary could do. With the chicken, we can sell eggs or the chicken for income.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I paid school fees for my child who is in secondary school and bought them school uniform. I also bought them clothes to wear at home and bought food for my family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have three children in secondary school, and raising their fees has been tough owing to the little income that my husband gets as a security guard in one of the towns in Kenya. Hence, receiving this money means my children shall have ample study-time unlike before when they used to be out of school coming to collect arrears. Overall, they have better chances of excelling in their studies and pursuing their life goals.
What is the happiest part of your day?
As a subsistence farmer, the happiest part of my day is around midday when I have accomplished my day's tasks. Timely completion of my farming tasks would increase the chances of ensuring that we get relatively enough food in our house. As a parent, I strongly understand that I am obliged to provide for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Extreme climatic conditions act as the biggest problems I have faced as a subsistence farmer. Specifically, the adverse circumstances have rendered my farms unfruitful my either destroying my crops or leading to poor yields. As a result, we have not been experiencing instances of food deficiencies in our household.