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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 2pm just after lunch while relaxing outside my house under a shed when I heard my phone ring. On checking it, I confirmed to have received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly transfers. I was very happy and relayed good news to my kids who were very happy too.I withdrew the money two weeks later after planning with my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is purchase of building materials which will aid in completion of my house. The outside part of my house was incomplete because of school fees burdens. I had never dreamt of my house being completed anytime soon but GiveDirectly has made it on time and my family are very grateful.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 40,000 of my transfer on purchase of building materials for completion of my house.This is because the house had stalled for over fifteen years because of school fees burdens. KES 5000 was spent on purchase of clothing for my kids during the Christmas season. I have saved the rest for payment of construction labourers.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
It means I have to complete the construction of our house, we started building the house in 2016 with the small capital we had but it was no enough. Because of other responsibilities that needed to be priority we stopped thue we have moved into the incomplete home.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the morning, because I have just woke up and expecting to have a successful day in all my activities. But if it does not work out successful my moral goes down.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is when I was diagnosed with hypertension in 2002, It was devastating to see myself not been able to support my family at the time my first born child was joining secondary school.