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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 4 PM when I heard a loud vibration from my mobile phone. I decided to check what the message was all about, then realized it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I was very happy and grateful. I was so sure I will achieve a lot from financial support and may God bless this organization so that they can empower other people in this world.
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 now own goats. I settled in keeping them because they have numerous benefits. They also reproduce faster compared to any other domestic animal. Their pasture is also readily available because they can stay in any kind of climate. They also require little supervision's this meaning apart from rearing them, I can also do some other stuff. My plan is when they reproduce I will be selling the offsprings when they mature so that I can be able to pay some school fees for my son without any difficulties. I will also be getting some manure from them which will help my farm to be more productive. Generally, I believe my living standard will also improve because of these goats
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials such as iron sheets, building poles, timber, and nails. I purchased all these with the intention of constructing a new house since the previous one was very small and in poor condition. I then bought some4 beddings which include a wooden bed, mattress, and bedsheets. These were to replace the old mats that I have been using as beddings. Also, I bought a goat as the living assets that lean on just in case of any financial crisis. With the remaing amount of money, I am using it in buying sufficient foodstuffs for my family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My wish has been to repair my house. I am an elderly woman who depends on my stepsons for my survival. They do casual jobs in the village which earn them 200 shillings in a day. The amount is not enough to sustain a family of 8 members and me. I am planning to spend 60,000 shillings to repair the roofing. Currently, I am staying in a grass stitched house which leaks during rainy seasons. Other than that, I will purchase 1 indigenous dairy cow. The money I will be making from the sale of milk will sustain my needs such as food. Approximately,I can make 200 shillings.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evening is my happiest part of the day. This is because I enjoy sharing meals with my stepson and grandchildren. Unlike in the morning when I am alone because the rest of the family leaves for work.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of a reliable source of income is my biggest challenge. I have a child who is a teacher but he has neglected me. He leaves at our nearby center with his family. Currently, I am with my stepson who struggles to support me but his wages are not enough to sustain his family of 8 and me.