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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 9 am when I received the great news that I had finally received, my first transfer. I was even on my way to my relative's compound and I opted to go back home since I was overwhelmed with joy and I couldn't even concentrate. I felt blessed becasue I definitely knew that my daughter will finally resume her studies through financial help.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I managed to clear the huge school fees arrear for my daughter who is in secondary school. Since I am illiterate I have been dreaming of seeing all my children acquire good education since I wouldn't wish them to encounter what I experience due to illiteracy. Besides being a show and the breadwinner of the family I had to strain so hard and make the ends meet. I have been depending on the charcoal burning business and it was not profitable and the little I used to earn could only sustain their daily meals. Concerning the fees, I had to apply for bursaries and borrow from wellwishers which have never been easy. She has been on and off school and for now, this has come to an end. I managed to settle the whole balance and she is now studying comfortably without any disturbances. This is so motivating to both of us.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on clearing school fees for my daughter who is in her third year. She has always been sent home regularly for fees because of the huge balances. Also, I bought beddings which include a new bed, mattress, and bedsheets. Previously I used to sleep on the traditional beds made of ropes which I always had lots of discomforts and pains. With the remaining amount of money, I bought enough food for the family and at least we no longer skip meals as before
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means quality education for my daughter. I have really struggled single handedly to put her through school and she is currently in form 3. I wouldn't want her to stop at secondary education and my desire is to take her to a college of her choice. Education is the only weapon that will rescue her from leading a miserable life since she can be able to secure a good job. She will also support me because I am aging and I may not be able to work in future. To achieve this dream, I will spend 40000 Kenya shillings to purchase livestock for rearing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning. I love this time because I am always busy with household chores and free from any depressing thoughts.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I used to sell palm wine for a living and it could earn me around 300 shillings a day. This amount could atleast meet my basic needs such as food with much ease. However, I stopped the business when the government ordered the closure of public gatherings, as a way of containing the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently I depend on my children who have their families to care for. Life is so difficult that sometimes I can go without food. All this is attributed to financial instability which is my biggest hardship.