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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is having a house to live in and paying school fees. My children are not sent home to collect school fees anymore or for not putting on school uniforms. I now concentrate on having to work on providing basic needs especially food. My children look good in their new uniform complete with shoes. They even look healthier because they feed well and happier and this is the biggest joy in my life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The child I was with asked me if I was running mad. My happiness was overwhelming as I clapped uncontrollably after reading the message showing that I had received KES 55000. the money came at a time when my children were wearing torn school uniforms. They were wearing some clothes that resembled the school uniforms and I didn't have a choice as long as they had something on. My teachers used to bother them and this stressed me a lot but I could not afford it. I could not hide my joy as I clapped in amazement.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the money I received from GiveDirectly on building a house. I bought roofing materials and paid for construction labor. I used to live in an old grass thatched house. It was so old that I could not harvest rainwater from it. I can now do that in my compound because of the new iron sheet roof. This makes me happy. I have even attempted it call Givedirectly juts to express my gratitude but I don't how to get to a representative on the line. In addition to building a house, I also paid school fees and bought uniforms for children in primary school. I then bought clothes for everyone in my family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
We live in a small mud and thatched house with my husband and children. My children are growing older with time and it is becoming more uncomfortable sleeping in the same house. Receiving this money means I will be able to build a bigger and better house that can accomodate all of us.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The biggest difference in my life is during the evening time after having supper with my family. This is the time that we relax with my wife and kids after a long day and we thank God for seeing us through the day. This is the time that I also reflect on what I did over the day, the successes and arrears of improvement.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life as a mother is lack of fees for my school going children and unavailability of jobs or casual labor so as to support my family. We used to depend on farming crops but rainfall is getting more unreliable and hence making it hard to plan for it.