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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I have been doing my farming on land which wasn't mine therefore I had to pay for it every season of farming. However, my desire was to buy and own this plot so that I could freely do my farming since this is an asset that will never depreciate and owning it could allow me to avoid the costs every season as I utilize it. I did not have enough money to pay for its full cost. When I received my first transfer, I spent a larger portion of the transfer to partly pay for this plot of land to reduce the cost as I look for other means to clear the balance. With the agreement we made with the seller, I am happy that I currently own the piece. I am glad that I have such a valuable asset courtesy of giver directly that has allowed me to improve and reduce the cost of farming I engage in.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had woken up for my daily chores early that morning when my neighbour tipped me that GiveDirectly had sent us the money they had promised. I quickly called my helper who confirmed to me that indeed I had received my transfer. I was overjoyed on hearing the news. I never imagined that I would receive such a huge amount and I thanked them for their financial support.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent a larger portion of my transfer to pay for a plot of land that I have been leasing to farming on. It required me to pay for it every year to allow me to carry on with the farming. This was so costly for me meaning my returns on the farm were much affected. My intention was to buy it so that I could comfortably do farming on it thus when I received money, I managed to pay for the cost partly as I plan to repay the balance. In addition, I also, spent KES 9000 to pay for my children's school fees for them to be allowed to continue with their studies comfortably. Apart from these, I also spent KES 4000 to buy two goats for keeping. I made the decision to buy them since these are living assets that will soon reproduce thus have more which act as my financial security. I spent the remaining amount to buy foodstuffs for my family, household items and covering other expenses.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means quality education for my children and a better life for my entire family. Currently, I have two children, one in primary school and the other has just completed secondary school. I am planning to take her to college to pursue a teaching coarse and this will help her to secure a better job in the future. My other plan is to spend my second transfer to repair my house since it is not in good condition and also to buy some livestock in order to have a long term investment project.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I always spend my morning hours doing household chores and thereafter I do my casual work in the bush up to the afternoon hours. It is in the evening, that I get ample time to relax and share meals with my children when they come back from school. Therefore, I consider evening being the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband cannot work due to his deteriorating health and this has forced me to do charcoal burning activity in order to cater for the family's needs. This venture is so tiresome yet it does not earn me enough to feed my family not to say my children's education needs. Hence, I consider lack of a sustainable sources of income being the biggest hardship in my life.