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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my first transfers, I felt so happy because I knew that the money would be so helpful to me. It was my first time to get support of this kind. All along, I have been struggling to make ends meet.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is that the money which I received from GiveDirectly, has enabled me to boost my business. My profits has increased since I earn more from blow-drying services and sale of braids. The profits has enabled me to meet my daily needs with less struggle.
Again, I got a dairy cow which I couldn't afford to buy anytime soon. I believe this would start giving us milk on the next few months.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
At the time when I received my transfers, I was in the process of constructing a kitchen. I then spent KES 5000 on fixing windows and doors and it's now complete. My second goal was to have a dairy cow and I bought one at a cost of KES 30000. I am so glad that I bought one which would have taken me longer to buy. I invested some portion on my saloon business where I bought a blow-dryer at a cost of KES 5000 and some braids for sale at a cost of KES 8000. Lastly, I bought some maize and rice for consumption at home. This costed KES 5000.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have always dreamt of starting a small business to guarantee my family a reliable source of income.I am passionate about beauty and I want to start a salon. I have been working for someone in the same business and now I feel I should start my own. From it, I have acquired the experience and expertise of successfully running my own business.This business earns a profit of 2000 shillings and because I have build a customer base, I am sure of even making beyond that.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evening is my happiest part of my day.When I return home with some food for my family gives me joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Providing for my family has been the greatest challenge I have faced I my life. I am a mother of 2,and sufficiently providing for my children has not been an easy task. My husband and I have tried to make them comfortable but many times we have fallen short of that. Skipping meals has been the order of the day and our children keep going to the neighbours to try their luck of getting food. This is really bringing us a lot of shame and I feel l should not have given birth in the first place.