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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was in class teaching when one of my relatives called and inquired if I had received my transfer as she had already received hers. On hearing this, I dashed out of the class to the staffroom to get my phone and on checking it, my heart was filled with happiness as I had also received mine. With this money in my account, I knew that I would finally be able to fence my farm and I am grateful to GiveDirectly for making this possible.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
have been able to live in peace with my neighbors for the last two weeks since I was able to fence a section of my farm using my transfer and this has given me peace of mind. Because of this, I no longer confront them like I did before when their livestock destroyed my crops. I will plant some animal feeds in this fenced section since my main aim is to practice the zero-grazing method of dairy farming and as a way of starting this, I have started practicing artificial insemination with the livestock that I have.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Financial constraints have been my biggest challenge in life. Despite being a teacher, I was not able to do some projects at home and still meet our basic needs on time. Because of this, we had left our farm without fencing it as it required a lot of capital. This always led to a lot of confrontations between my neighbors and me whenever their livestock destroyed my crops. When I received my transfer, I spent the entire amount to fence it by buying some barbed wire, poles and paid for the labor. I am glad that I will live in peace with my neighbors and not worry about anything when I am at work.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that i can complete my dairy farm establishment. I have a few cows and I have already started using the dairy shed i recently built. However, I cannot afford the chaff cutter machine that I really need in order properly utilise feeds that I grow on my farm. Even though I am employed, the much I get from my salary all goes to my children school fees. I need to make more income from dairy. I will, therefore, use about KES 40,000 for the machine. I will use about KES 50,000 to fence all around my farms to secure it from intrussion.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning. At this time, I am cheerful because I have the energy to go through the day after a night's rest. I am always in high spirits in the morning before I go through the tough challenges that come with administering my duties at school.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face is financial constraints. This is because I spent about KES 200,000 on education for all the children in various schools. Even with my salary as a teacher, I cannot raise all this. Given that my husband is also jobless. I plan to establish a productive dairy and poultry keeping to supplement income from my job.