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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was filled with joy and thanksgiving the moment I realized that I had received some funds from GiveDirectly. This gave me hope that I would be able to build a spacious house for family.
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 now a happy parent. This is because my children nowadays go to school without worrying so much about school fees. Also, I feel at ease knowing that my children will soon stop sleeping at our neighbors house. Being able to buy the building materials that I have so far purchased has enabled me see light at the end of the tunnel.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received my transfer, I spent some amount to buy some iron sheets and timber to use building a decent and spacious house for my family. I settled on this since the house we are currently living in is small and in a bad state and is almost collapsing. This has been posing a lot of risk to our lives as we are always living in fear that it can collapse especially at night . Also, I spent some amount to pay school fees arear for my children. I had not been able to pay their fees for a long time due to my health condition that had rendered me jobless. On the remaining amount, I bought food to last my family for some time
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am planning to buy two bulls costing approximately 20,000 shillings each. I will also ensure that I clear my three children's school fees arrears of 10,000 shillings so that I can be able to secure their education. Thank you GD
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evenings as I take supper with my children. It makes me happy to see the smiles on their faces as they narrate the events of the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is that I lack enough finances to cater for the needs of my family. This came as a result of an accident I had 2 years ago as I was harvesting Minazi (a local brew from coconut trees.) I am now forced to rely on casual labor, such as weeding other peoples farms, which are hard to find given that I live in an arid area .