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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was out on my farm when I heard ululations from the neighborhood that I could not tell what they were meant for. I could not react to them that fast since they stopped after some minutes and had to keep working. It was until a friend of mine from the village came asking me whether I had received the good news from GiveDirectly. At that moment I had left my phone charging in the house and had to rush back, check it up, and was excited that the promised amount was already in my account. We shared the joy with the family members and later planned to withdraw from the nearby shopping center.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the lactating dairy cow that I brought in. Even though the production is not at its optimal point, I am happy that the breed is four months in-calf. This will soon increase the production once it calves down thus giving us an additional source of income.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Having seen the great importance of livestock farming in the past few years, I could not miss a chance to invest part of the transfer on adding up another dairy cow to my farm. I already had two that have been producing milk enough for household usage and some extra liters for sale. Adding one at KES45000 was worth it since we needed to scale up the milk production hence the daily income from the sales. I spent KES4650 on tilling my piece of land and obtaining certified seeds that I just planted, paid the remedial fees for my three children, and spent the remaining on other household goods. I am thankful for the great projects accomplished and looking forward to other greater projects once I receive the second transfer.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have sold most of my livestock to educate my six children, one of whom has just completed his university studies. The second born is at the university pursuing his studies while the others are in secondary and primary schools. So, receiving this money means we shall replenish our herd. Having a reasonable size of livestock is crucial for us since depend mainly on cattle for our livelihood and development. Specifically, I will use over KES 70000 of the transfer on purchasing some cattle. Also, I will use any remaining amount on paying school fees for my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I usually wake up at dawn to feed and milk my cows. Such processes would last up to mid-morning when I would deliver milk to a local cooling plant for sale. As such, the happiest part of my day is in the morning when I am tending to my livestock since they act as the primary source of our livelihood and income.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Some years ago, we used to plant several acres of maize for sale and consumption. However, we have ceased to plant maize due to the emergence of the infamous maize lethal necrosis disease. As a result, we are buying maize for consumption. Also, we no longer have maize for sale to gain income as before. In that regard, I believe that we are leading a substandard lifestyle. Besides, we have been forced to over-rely on our livestock. So, the emergence of the maize disease that has hindered us from growing the crop act as the biggest hardship we have faced as a family.