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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was on one morning when I heard some of the family members talking about GiveDirectly transfers. I felt curious thinking that I might have been left aside. I called my son who checked for me since I do not know how to confirm my account balance. When he informed me that I had also received the money, I ululated in happiness since this was my first time to get such an amount at once yet it was not to be paid back.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Before GiveDirectly graced our village with this amazing unconditional transfer, my life was full of struggles. I was relying on making and selling charcoal which was a hand-to-mouth business. This job was very tiresome. I appreciate the help I received from GiveDirectly because it gave me a break from the charcoal business. As of now, I am resting and things are moving on well. This could not be possible if it were not for GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon withdrawing the money, I first bought a plowing cow because we were nearing the planting season and the cow would serve as a source of income for tilling peoples’ pieces of land. I also bought some building materials the likes of iron sheets, poles, and rafters aiming to build a house since the one I have is on the verge of collapsing. For the remaining amount, I bought some food for the family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I separated from my husband 15 years ago and came back to my parents with my 2 children. According to our culture, once you are married you can no longer stay in your parent's house. This made me construct a small structure that looks like a kiosk because my financial position could not allow building a bigger one. Receiving this money means fulfilling my longing of having a spacious and decent house. I am planning to spend 70,000 KES of the transfer to construct a semi-permanent house so that I can live comfortably. In addition, I will invest the remaining part of the transfer in livestock which will be a source of income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
It was 2 months ago, when I managed to sell 5 bags of charcoal at ago. This enabled me to earn 2250 KES which according to me it was a miracle which brought a lot of joy to my life. Before this happened, I used to sell 1 sack after 1 or 2 weeks. The money I received enable me to purchase a stock of food which lasted for 1 month.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of support from my siblings is the biggest hardship I am currently facing. Since I came from my matrimonial home I have been working as a charcoal vendor. This job is very tedious and earns me 450 KES per week. My elder siblings have good jobs, but they neglect me because saying that I should be in my husband's home.