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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was on my way going to my neighbor's house to take birth certificates for my children where they were kept for safety purposes due to the bad condition of my house. It was around 9 am when I heard the message alert on my phone. I had heard earlier from my neighbors that they had received their transfer. I had to reach home for my helper to check my phone since I am illiterate. I was overwhelmed with joy when he told me that I had received the transfer.
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 am now relieved from all the stress of poor shelter. Seeing the building materials that I had purchase with my transfer gives me hope that I will finally be able to accomplish my desire of owning a decent shelter. I can not wait to relocate to my new house once I complete the construction. In addition, I can meet my daily needs like food without much challenge unlike before when we used to have a single meal per day.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent a bigger part of my transfer purchase building materials that include 30 iron sheets, building stones, and sand that costs KES 40000 in total. This was for the construction of a new decent shelter for my family since the one I had was leaking during the rainy season and about to collapse. I was spending sleepless nights because of the poor condition of my house. The remaining amount assisted me to purchase enough food since we are experiencing drought and famine in our area.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have three on-going school children. Two are expected to complete their primary school level come next year. Their fortune to proceed even to join a local technical training college has been in the dark. So, receiving this money will mean a continuity in their academic ambitions.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the evening. I work all through the day, mostly cleaning my compound. I also look for any easy-do jobs atleast to fend for my children. So, it is in the evening that I rest and share the little I have earned during the day with my children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My old age has been the biggest hardship so far. It has disabled me from engaging in continuous economic production. Being a widow and polygamous wife, it has taken a toll on me to raise a dignified life for my young children.