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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was 2pm when I was taking lunch when I heard a message notification and I was hasty to look at that message. We had been waiting eagerly waiting for the transfer as the promised day had passed. When I confirmed that it was the transfer message, I told my wife about it and we both were very happy.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My sons used to sleep at a neighbour's house but now they have their own. They do not need to go asking for a place to sleep as they used to. The transfer also enabled us to get enough food and also we do not have to worry much about where to get food to eat for the next 2 months. Thank you so much GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
We built a house for my son who did not have a house of his own. We bought food for my family, paid school fees and bought school uniform for my school going children.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am blessed with six children, two girls and four boys. Out of the four boys, one married and settled while the other three are still under my care. These three boys do not have a room to stay and sleep and so my immediate neighbour decided to accommodate them. Receiving this money means that I will be able to construct a house of two rooms for them to study and sleep. In this way, they will have some privacy of their own and refrain from going to other people's household for sleep. I will then use the remaining balance to offset their school fees arrears and buy a dairy cattle.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I spend most of the daytime in my farm. I have grown maize, kales, cabbages and tomatoes on this farm. Knowing these crops needs a lot of care, most of my farm work includes; weeding, transplanting and pests and control practices. The happiest part of my day is in the morning when local neighbours come to my farm and buy these crops. The cash I get from the sale is a reward for my hard work and motivates me to continue working on the farm.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have been working from hand to mouth for the best part of my years. This is so because I depend solely on farming to provide basic needs to my family and also schooling my kids. The latter has been the biggest hardship I have ever faced. I have six kids and out of them, four are in tertiary level, one in secondary level while the last one is in primary level. Paying for their school fees with no regular source of income has always been an uphill task for me.