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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
My heart was filled with happiness the moment I received my transfer. My happiness knew no bounds and this forced me to withdraw it same day so that I would believe that indeed, I had the cash in my hands.
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 always happy than before. This is because I now know that very soon, my daily expenditure will reduce. When it reproduces, I will be able to spend the income from the sell of surplus to meet some of our household basic needs. Also, owning a dairy cow is an asset to me that I can rely on in case of an emergency since I can easily sell a calf when it reproduces.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received my transfer, I bought a dairy cow worth KES 25000. Buying milk has been my daily routine and it is costly. On average, I used to spend KES 50 on milk daily and being a casual laborer, meeting all the daily needs was a big challenge. I am glad since in the next six months, I will not be buying milk anymore. Using the remaining amount, I bought some building materials like timber, poles and iron sheets to use in building a spacious house for my family. I am planning to use part of my second transfer on labor.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means an increase in self-esteem. I live in a small grass-thatched house which is not enough to accommodate a family of six; my wife, 4 children, and I. Whenever I receive visitors, I feel unease welcoming them to my house something that has lowered my self-esteem. I am therefore aspiring to build a new house that costs approximately Ksh 20,000 and improve my life to a greater extent.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening. This is because I spend the whole day working as a casual laborer within the village. Going home with my hard-earned cash in the evening is the joy of my life. This is also an indication that my children will not go to bed empty stomach.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial constraints have been the greatest hardship I have faced in life. We solely rely on casual work in our family earning approximately a wage of Ksh 200 a day. The kind of work I do ranges from digging, weeding, fencing, and planting other people's farms within the village. Keeping in mind that I have a family of six, saving from that kind of work is almost impossible because 3 are school-going children. Meeting their education expenses is a different story.