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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was still home with my wife that morning when I received a message from GiveDirectly. After reading and confirming that it was indeed that transfer we had been anticipating, I was super happy, got excited, and thanked God for the great support we had received. Since we had laid down all plans, we could not wait any further but withdrew the same day and spent the first portion of it on what we could buy on the same day.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Obtaining an additional cow in my field is the biggest difference so far in my daily life. The fact that it is currently lactating already gives me a reason to smile as it cushioned me on the extra expenses I would have spent on buying milk. I can now use the spared amount on settling other household bills. I am grateful that a lot happened within a very short period after receiving the transfer, and I am hoping to do a lot more when I receive the second transfer.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With the only cow I had been having, I have always experienced dry seasons where I was forced to buy milk from the neighborhood. This struggle had been pushing me to think about how best I can obtain another lactating cow and has never been possible until recently when I received the transfers. I managed to obtain one at KES30000 and am now feeling covered as I will be alternating their breeding schedule through Artificial Insemination. I also had a new house that needed a new piece of furniture. I spent KES 12000 on chairs and a table making the interior part of the house looks good at the moment. I also obtained a medium-sized water tank that will be useful in collecting and holding clean water meant for drinking since the water fetched from the rivers around are not clean enough exposing us to the risk of waterborne diseases. I am also glad that I used the small remaining amount in obtaining clothing and enough foodstuff for my family of three.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means building a poultry house and buying chicken to keep. My wife keeps only a few birds that gives KES 50 from the eggs she sells daily while I run a motorcycle taxi business, earning about KES 300 a day. This is just enough for food. I therefore need to raise more birds and fence the compound to protect them from eagles and dogs that prey on them. To do this, I require an amount close to KES 40,000, mainly to buy building materials, buy more chicken and feeds. I will use part of the transfer on this. I will then spend the rest of the money on a dairy cow and to paddock my farm, buying fencing wire and posts. My income from milk and eggs will increase from KES 50 to about KES 500 per day. This will make me a happier family man.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evening is the happiest part of my day.My motorcycle taxi job starts very early in the morning. i spend the entire day on dusty, rough roads, frying people and goods to earn a living. I pay so much attention to this activities but its only in the evening that I look back and see how much I have made while I rest at home. It gives me joy to be with my family having eaten enough because of my efforts during the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face in my life is food insecurity. Perennial droughts in my area renders farming insufficient as all the crops, mainly maize have been failing. We have to buy all the food items we take from my KES 300 income that I make from motorcycle taxi business . It strains me since we spend approximately KES 200 per day on food alone. If I manage to increase my income from poultry keeping, it will only be because of GD supporting me.