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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home having lunch with my husband when I heard a message notification on my phone. I decided to check what the SMS was all about and to my surprise, it was an M-Pesa SMS indicating that we had received the lump sum transfer of 55000/= from GiveDirectly. I was so happy on seeing this and I immediately showed my husband the message. He could not believe it as well and he became so happy too. We then later on after having lunch prepared ourselves to go and withdraw the money.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The transfer from GiveDirectly has brought a big difference in our lives as a family. We have been able to buy the cow that we have always desired to have. This cow will enable us to have milk for our consumption and hence we will no longer have to incur the cost of buying milk. The business that I have started will enable us to get more income in addition to the little that we have been getting from farming. This will thus help us in investing in other important things. The food that we bought with the transfer will enable us to have something to eat for a while and hence we will not be having worries about where to get money to buy food each time. We have also been able to buy a few items that we have been missing in our household. Thank you GiveDirectly for making this possible for us.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
This transfer from GiveDirectly has helped me a lot. I bought a cow with it and used part of the transfer in starting a business of selling second-hand clothes. I was also able to buy some food for our consumption and I bought a few household items that were missing such as cooking pots, a water container, etc. We decided to buy a cow with part of the transfer because we did not have one before and hence we have been incurring the cost of buying milk. I also started the business because I had that thought before but I was not in a position to start it due to lack of money. My husband and I depend on farming as our source of livelihood and the little money that we have been getting has mostly been going to the purchase of food, milk, and other household necessities. It was hence not possible for us to do the above because they were requiring a large sum of money that we didn’t have.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money mean a lot to me. Over the years I have been planning to start irrigation project but the money that I get from Boda Boda business is only for basic needs. This money will allow me to start my dream project. I will be able to grow crops even during dry season.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is 9pm in the evening. This is the time when I relax and take super with my husband after completing all daily chores which includes; farming, washing clothes and looking after livestocks.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
This biggest hardship I have faced is lack of capital to purchase quality farm inputs and to set up micro irrigation project in my farm. For the last seasons, I haven't harvested any farm products due to adverse weather conditions in our area and also due to poor farm inputs.