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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
With the poor connectivity of the cellphone's network around my household, I could not realize earlier that the transfer was already in my account. At around 9 am, I got the information from my neighbors who were passing by my household as they head to the nearby shopping center to make their withdrawals. With my family, we had to check the account balances, and lucky enough I received a message that confirmed the receipt. We were very excited and with all the plans in place, I had to visit the shopping center as well, where I withdrew all the amount that I had received.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the relief of clearing school fees for my two children. I had been dependent on the construction work and the casual chores that were sometimes hard to find and would pay less for a huge task. I am grateful to have paid all the term's fees, and I am well set to pay at ease in the future since I already have an additional cow that will potentially increase the production of milk that will earn more income thus making it easier to raise the required amount in school.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After the exciting news of the receipt of my first transfer, I had to work on the projects that I had enlisted with my family. On top of the list was to purchase a lactating cow but due to the high prices in the market then, I managed to secure a 3-months in-calf heifer at KES 35000 that I am hoping to start enjoying its productivity in six months. With the two dairy cows that I already had, I am looking forward to an easy time that I will be selling milk to sort all the household bills and the school fees for my children. I also spent KES m18000 of the remaining amount on settling school fees for my two children in secondary school, and the last bit of it on buying foodstuff for my family of seven. I am grateful to this far and looking forward to the second transfer as this will also be useful in starting other new projects.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I can finally get a stable income from keeping a dairy cow. I am a subsistence farmer, relying on menial jobs within the village. The .oney I make from both farming a nd casual labour is just enough for food in the household but for school fees. I have always wanted to buy a dairy cow but was unable ,untill now. I plan to buy a dairy cow at about KES 40,000 and spend the rest on inproving my home and buying clothes for my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My firstborn daughter graduated 4 months ago with a degree in teaching! This is the greatest joy I have ever had in my life. I had to struggle to pay her full school fees because she joined as a self-sponsored student. seeing her succeed was the best moment in my life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Raising school fees has been the biggest challenge that I face. I have children in different secondary schools and one that just completed her University Given thag I rely on subsistence farming, It has been a bitter struggle to get the children through school. I always worry about having them drop out of school, because of lack of a good source of income.