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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Early in the morning, I received a message notification on my phone and I called my grandchild to read for me. Upon reading to me what was the content all about, I felt so happy as I had just received my first transfers. Ever since I had never received any aid of such a lumpsum but I thank God that Give Directly made it possible for me.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfer in that I would not have been in a position to fence my compound and buy a water tank for storing clean water for domestic use.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used part of the money which I received from Give Directly to buy a water tank to store rain water. I also spent part of the remaining amount to buy fencing poles and barbed wire which I used to fence my compound and paddocks for livestock grazing. The rest I spent on buying food, some clothes for my grand children and myself.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am getting old and getting to the water pan, a distance of 1 kilometre is an uphill task. Receiving this money will enable me to buy a water tank worth $220 and install it in my doorstep to harvest rain water so I can access clean and safe water for drinking with ease. I will spend $120 to buy two barbed wire to fence my farm so I do not have to strain looking after my cattle.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Last year, my son bought me five chicken to provide me with eggs for my daily source of income. I spend most part of my day everyday looking after them and providing food for them, which makes me happy. They have since multiplied to more than ten.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being an ASAL area, my community is often cumbered with immense challenge of water shortage. Going for water for domestic use several times a day in a nearby water pan leaves me with extreme back aches at the end of the day thus making life hard for my old age.