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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
At the moment when I received I felt so happy. Though I was unwell, I could afford to smile due the the joy which I got after receiving kes 55000 to my mobile money account from GiveDirectly.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Seeing my children every morning going to school in newly bought uniform is my joy. Before they were wearing old thorned uniform and I was never happy about it. Thanks to GiveDirectly for making a difference in my life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I was yearning to buy a cow but I couldn't afford to raise money to buy one. When I received my recent transfer, I spent KES 27000 to buy a dairy cow. I am glad that I have one which will start giving us milk in the next few days. I then spent KES 15000 on buying ironsheets for house construction. I bought some school uniform for my children at kes 3600. The remaining amount of KES 3200, I spent on buying some maize for consumption.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I separated with my husband 12 years ago when I discovered that our marriage was not working. I got married when I was only 15 years old and we knew little about marriage. I decided to go back to my parents who welcomed me back but in the last year 2019 I decided to be independent. Since I don't have job, I have struggled to make ends meet. sometimes I don't afford a meal for my children and I don't have anybody to help. I thank God that GD transfers are here, I will use them to stock food that can last us for some months. The other thing I will do is to pay school fees for my child who is joining high school next year.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up to see another beautiful day. As I take breakfast I plan daily chores and I assign some to my children, I feel happy and hopeful because I cannot do difficult jobs myself.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is my health, I was diagnosed with heart disease in the 2019 in Longisa Hospital and my life changed. I use the little resources I have for medications and right now I have depleted it and I don't have hope again. I cannot even get quality health care because I can afford.