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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I got a text notifications on my phone I checked and found out that I had just received my first transfers as promised. I was overwhelmed with joy and I said a big thank you to God for GiveDirectly who had came to safe us from porverty
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I am so glad that as a woman I got previlage to own livestock which is not so common in our area. I thank God that I was able to buy these livestock with the support received from GiveDirectly. Now I can go out like my fellow villager to look after my cattle. On my own I couldn't afford due to menial income.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Being a single mother I have been working so hard to provide for my family but I couldn't do much as what I earn I can spend on buying food and other basic needs. When I received my first payment from GiveDirectly, I spent KES 40000 to buy a young bull and a heifer for rearing. I invested on livestock so that with time I would have more of them. I then spent KES 5000 on buying clothes for myself and for my children. We now have some pairs to change with the old ones which we had before. I then spent another KES 4000 on buying foodstuffs for my family, KES 2000 on buying utensils and the remaining amount of KES 3500 on paying school fees for my children.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a single mum of 2 children and I am homeless. I borrowed this house from my uncle who is in Nakuru County. I have been living here for two years now as I struggle to save some money so thatbI can buy land and build a house that I can call it home. I am really excited because Give Directly is finally here with cash transfers. I will use this money to; First, buy land, Second, build a home and finally, I start a small business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
In the morning at around 8am I am very happy because I haven't started my difficult casual job at the nearest construction site. Once I started I struggled all the day upto around 6pm when I come home. I come home very tired and I struggled to prepare food my children before I retire to bed.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
In the year 2016, I was kicked out of our home by my parents. I decided to go to Kericho to seek employment so as to get some income to raise my 2 children. I was employed as a house maid in Ainamoi, Kericho County. The house maid job became to hard for me and I decided to come back home where I borrowed a house from my uncle and this is where I called it temporary home.