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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life that has been brought about by this money is that I have since stopped buying milk after I was able to buy a milk producing cow. With this, I know, we are going to save a lot of money and even get money from the sell of surplus produced to meet other family needs. We are looking forward to improved living standards for our family and we are so grateful to GiveDirectly for the support that they offered us.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I got a message from Safaricom at around 5:00 am in the morning that day. I felt so happy and shared the information with my husband that we had received a sum of KES 55000 from GiveDirectly. He was equally surprised as I was but he was definitely delighted as well. We expected the money but it was not until we got that we were able to believe that GiveDirectly's promise to us was finally a reality.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used part of my transfer to buy a dairy cow and used the remaining amount to buy food and other basic household commodities. For a long time we have been buying milk for household consumption which has proven to be quite expensive. The money that has always been used to buy milk will be diverted to other meaningful family investments. I am particularly thinking about starting a clothe selling business to increase our family income.This will definitely change the living standards of my family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will now own a dairy cow which has always been my desire.This will serve as a source of income when I sell the milk that I get from it.I also have a plan of hawking clothes within the village and during market days.This is the business I have always wished to start.My long term plan is owning my own shop for doing this business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My first major duty of the day if fetching water.I then embark on the main activity of the day which is farming.I am a subsistence farmer.Currently I am weeding maize and beans.After lunch I do some cleaning,mainly washing of clothes.I then relax for the rest of the day.I enjoy working in my farm and that is why it is the happiest part of my day.This is what helps me feed my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is having to struggle during this hard economic times due to lack of money.I believe this could be better if I had completed my secondary studies and joined college.This could help me get employed.I did not complete my studies due to lack of school fees.I did not proceed past primary school.I am also struggling because my husband is a drunkard and I get little support from him.