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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home cleaning when I saw a message on my phone, it was an Mpesa message,I decided to open it and to my surprise it was the promised transfer from GiveDirectly,I called my husband and gave him the good news that we had received, we all prayed together and started planning on how to spend our money, everyone in my household was happy and excited.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I am a farmer and a casual labourer, we all depend on our small farm to feed my family which is barely enough, so when I received my transfer I thought of a project that was favourable and sustainable,I decided to buy a dairy cow worth KES 28,000 of which am hopeful that I will be able to earn an income out of it,I also started a Poultry project , with this project I believe I will have enough to cater for our daily needs.Thanks for the support because it improved my living standards.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received my transfer ,I had planned to buy a daily cow so that in months to come I would be selling milk, therefore, I bought a cow worth KES 28,000, I also bought building materials to build a poultry house so as to start a poultry keeping project.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
When GiveDirectly came to our village and did a baraza, I gave praise to God because I knew that my desire to own a dairy cow will be fulfilled. I have 8 children who really need milk for nutritional value. I have always sourced milk from a neighbor who sells a litre at 40. To pay for this, we have to look for casual labor which earn a meager KES 300 which is not enough for a family of 10. Receiving this money therefore is a dream come true for me and my family. Thank you GiveDirectly.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is always in the morning because I have woken up healthy. At this time, I feel rejuvenated to do my house chores and then go and look for casual labor in a nearby farm.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Crop failure in my farm has been one of my biggest worry. I have not had a successful maize harvest for the past 7 years mainly as a result of drought and crop disease. This means that we solely have to look for casual labor so as to buy maize flour for my family, something we could have easily avoided if maize harvest would have been successful.