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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was on 17th December at 2pm and I was taking lunch and that was when I heard a message beep. I thought it was call back message as I mostly receive call back messages but upon checking it, it was an MPESA message from Segovia Technologies and I was very happy.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I had a lot of school fees arrears and the transfer really helped me clear the arrears. My children have been able to go to school without me having to worry where to get the money.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I paid school fees for my two children who are in school and bought cushions and mattresses for my household.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I shall be relieved of the tiresome task of fetching freshwater from a spring that is situated almost 3 kilometers from home. I have been doing this daily since 1991 when I got married. Currently, I am feeling tired and aged. So, I will purchase a large water tank for storing rainwater. I could have bought a water tank before, but life has been tough since I am a widow without any reliable source of income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is in the evening when I have completed my scheduled farming activities. Ensuring that I accomplish each task is beneficial to us since I am the only breadwinner and parent to my kids.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I lost my husband when we were married for three years only. He succumbed to stomach ulcers and related complications. As such, I have had to handle all the duties and responsibilities of a parent; educating, feeding, providing, and caring for my children. Unfortunately, I have no reliable source of income yet the harsh climatic conditions in our area render my subsistence farming efforts fruitless. All in all, I have done my best and only one of my four children yet to complete grade 12. Hence, losing my husband when we were newly married serves as the biggest challenge I have faced.