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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had gone to the canteen to buy sugar on credit since my wife wanted to make breakfast for the family. The shopkeeper informed me that he would not sell anything to me on credit since I had money as he knew that people had started receiving the promised money from GiveDirectly. I decided to check my Mpesa balance and realized that I had not received anything yet. This made me restart my phone and to my surprise, I received a Mpesa message confirming receipt after powering it on. This made me so happy and I bought the items that I needed and rushed back home to share the good news with my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that my family now feeds well unlike before. This is because I was able to purchase foodstuffs that will still last us for some time. Also, I have been consistent with irrigation farming and this has led to an increase in my daily sales. This has enabled me to meet most of our needs on time and be able to save some money unlike before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a farmer dealing majorly in crop farming of kales, cabbages, and tomatoes. Our region at times experiences prolonged drought seasons and my farm is located in an area full of stones. Due to this, water retention is low and I am forced to practice irrigation most of the time. Because of this, I have been hiring a water pump from one of my neighbors and it is costly and upon receiving my transfer, we decided to purchase one worth KES 22000. In addition, I spent KES 15000 to buy 20 pieces of iron sheets that I am planning to use in building a more decent iron-roofed house for my family since the one we live in is grass thatched and the roof has to be changed every two years. I used the remaining KES 15000 on clothes and foodstuffs for my family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Being a farmer in a drought-prone area has negative impacts on agricultural production. It is no wonder that farmers in rainfed areas are abandoning farming as a source of livelihood. I am lucky to be among the farmers living along Chepkulo River. My dream has always been to buy a generator to pump water to my farm for purposes of irrigation. I plan to buy spend KES 24000 on the same. Receiving this money will enable me to farm without having to worry about rain.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Family is a tree that I will never stop watering. I love my children and keeping them company every evening is my ultimate source of happiness.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Living in a leaky roof has been the biggest source of hardship to me. I live in a single grass-thatched house that I inherited from my brother and during rainy seasons my wife together with the kids go to spend the night at my mother's place to keep them away from the cold. I feel this should not be the case now that I have four children and going out at night exposes them to all sorts of dangers.