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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was in my house relaxing after completing my morning households chores. My children had gone to school so I was alone in my house. I received consecutive message alerts on my phone, I was curious to know the content of the message since it was uncommon to receive any message at that time. After checking, I realize that it was the transfer GiveDirectly promised. I felt very happy for receiving the transfer. I decided to call my husband to share the good news with him. He was overexcited and he promised to come home early that day so that we may plan on how best to utilize the transfer.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that my child was able to join secondary school. I was confused not knowing what to do to support his educational needs. I thank GiveDirectly for coming with the aid at a time when we needed it most. The charcoal vending that we depend on earns the family hardly enough to support all the basic needs
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 8000 to complete the payment of my d.light solar panel which I had bought 2 years ago on hire purchase. I was constantly received calls and messages from the lender company which bothered me a lot. In addition, I spent KES 15,000 to complete shopping and paying part of the fees for my child who was joining secondary school. Furthermore, I purchase a bed and two mattresses for KES 12,000 one for my kids and the other for myself. This is because I use to sleep on a worn out mattress and my kid used a mat which was not comfortable at all. They were constantly complaining of backache and I had received several complains from their teacher that they loose focus in class due to lack good enough sleep. The remaining amount assisted me in acquiring sufficient food for the family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will remove the burden of borrowing land from my relative meaning I will buy two hecres of fertile land worth sixty thousand kenya shillings for farming and the remaining amount I will repair the roof of my house which will coast twenty thousand shillings and the remaining amount will be my account for my family's daily food and emergency.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest time is in the afternoon when I have finished lunch with my family and I am resting charting with my neibours.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced was the year 2019 from June ,when I had a very sicky child ,and without a coin in pocket for his treatment and also had no food in my house! My husband had gone far where he was burning charcoal and there was no ready market to sell them. He spent six months without sending us anything ! I was about to starve with my family and the child was very sick.Its time I faced hardship of which I cannot forget in my life.