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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Education forms the basis and the platform that can lead to a future successful and enjoyable life. However the hopes of my children learning is getting dimmed day by day especially after the first born dropped in the mid way in secondary school. I have been tirelessly burning and selling charcoal to pay school fees until when I got challenged by a snake bite which rendered me sick for several months. I have not full recovered though with the Givedirectly transfers, I have every reason to smile. The first five months cash received will be directed towards offsetting the current school balances. In addition, I have scheduled a five year plan where I will be buying a goat at 2000KES from every transfer and let them multiply to a point when I can exchange them for cattle. With just two dairy cows in the compound, I can be rest assured of a smooth life through the sell of milk.
What is the happiest part of your day?
It was about two months ago at the setting of the sun as I was walking from the trading center when I experienced a sudden piercing followed by a sharp pain on my small toe. Little did I know it was a snake bite. I spent the entire night in agony. Early in the morning, I was taken to the community health facility where I was admitted for about a week. The grisly incident which brought my life to near end gave me every reason to be happy when I was finally discharged. Although I have not fully recovered but I am able to go back to my routine job (burning charcoal) and provide for my children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Amidst the many experienced hardships, lack of money becomes the route cause. I rely on burning charcoal with a net income of less than 600KES every week. Because of the inadequate cash, food is a problem in my house. My children frequently miss classes due to school fees which have contributed to their poor performance. I have longed to keep livestock which can be a great booster whenever I am crossed with an emergence but no coin is left to have my wish fulfilled.