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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My goal now that I have started receiving the money is to upgrade my malimali business to retail one. By doing so, I will have increased my daily income. I will be saving part of my income while I use the remaining to cater for my needs. I will later use my savings to pay for my college fees since my dream has always been to pursue a course in mechanical engineering. I will look for a job after completing my studies so that I will not be depending on only one source of income.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving payments from GiveDirectly is that I now pay my house rent on time unlike before. My daily income from my business has now increased hence allowing me to pay my rent on time. This is possible because I used my transfers to expand my business and it has generated more income which I will be using to pay for my rent since I will be using part of my transfers to buy food.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my most recent transfer to add some stock in my malimali business. This business is my only source of income and the only way I can increase my daily profits is by expanding the business so that my customers can have a variety of items to choose from. I saved the remaining amount so that I could use them in case of an emergency.
Describe the moment when you started receiving transfers. How did you feel?
My heart was filled with happiness the moment I started receiving my money. This money gave me hope that I would be able to expand my business as I now had an alternative source of income.
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What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Investing in my exsiting business is a priority,i sell water here at mathare, and adjacent there is room for build. My partner and I want to build a toilet and bathroom to serve the community.It will be of great help to the community around and we have an advantage since we are near a water point. Secondly i would take myself to school for driving lessons i want to know how to ride a motorbike,so that i can do some casual jobs at the side. Then lastly i would want to focus on my livestock,i have for ducks and a few chickens,getting supply of food for them will be a priority
Describe your biggest worry.
My top concern is police violence. As a young man in Mathare one is easily targetted by the police. I may be sitting with my boys at our base and a policeman comes and harrasses us and starts accusing us of doing something wrong while honestly there is nothing wrong we are doing. There is also harrasment from village elders,i may have customers and friends that constantly come to my place of work and they may be involved in wrongful acts,the elders are quick to accuse me also of being in the group while i am not involved in anyway.
What are your greatest ambitions?
I stay with a friend of mine, i would want to shift and have a place of my own. I would want to be a driver one day, work as a company driver and have a car of my own for leisure
Describe your usual day. How do you spend your time?
I wake up go open my business at around six in the morning and i close at ten in the evening,if business is abit down and there is water shortage i can go visit friends and watch a movie back home.