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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
On receiving the first transfer, I was a little bit surprised but after confirming the authenticity of the message, I was excited and had to inform everyone in my family. I had been standing in as my mother's helper and had to also confirm her phone whether there was a message too in her phone. We were all happy and had to celebrate since we had plans lined up for the transfer we had been expecting. I had to withdraw both mine and my mother's and with the plans we had we initiated them before long.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life after receiving the first transfer is the clearance of my three children's school fees. I had been struggling to meet all the household financial needs and on receiving this transfer, I was grateful that I am finally finding an easy time clearing their school fees so that I can concentrate on other projects.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With a family of seven, it has never been easy raising all my five kids as the demands. Meeting all their financial obligations in school has been a struggle even with the small salary I had been receiving from my current job as a police officer. My firstborn is at the University at the moment, the other two are in secondary school, and the younger two are in primary school. On receiving the first transfer, I spent KES50000 as I had to clear with the firstborn to be able to sit for his examinations. I am glad that they are all settled and working hard without being sent back home as they used to be sent back before. With the remaining KES4700, I spent purchasing new clothing for my household members who were also happy to be part of the great celebration after I received the transfer.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a farmer ,I have been doing farming though on a small scale ,that is 1.5 acres.This has been able to assist me to cater for my expenses.Though not sufficient it has helped me pay school fees because I normally pay in kind ,that is to say when I harvest maize and beans I take them to school and they convert them to school fees. My plans is to expand the production to 4 acres,this will be long enough to sufficiently cater for the school fees and the surplus for household consumption. The rest of the money I intend to use it to furnish my house and fix fittings.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Actually, a typical day when I wake up is to tend for my livestock and do farming. My happiest part of the day is in the afternoon when Iam done with farming and feeding livestock. It's a relaxing moment being with my family and knowing that my farm produce and livestock have been attended to.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest challenge I now face is raising up the family. As the children grow so does the responsibility increases. My budget line is expanding each day especially in terms of school fees,my boy recently join university and it is really expensive, I also have two others at high school and the rest in primary school. As school opens that is always a nightmare to me, because really I do not have savings,I only depend mostly on farming which sometimes is affected by the vagaries of weather and poor quality of seeds.