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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Since I already paid my wife's dowry, I feel so proud and happy because our family is now stable because there are no minor quarrels and conflicts in the family which were mainly as a result of failure to pay dowry. and I believe the family will be more stable because I have already This is the biggest difference in my daily life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had taken my phone to my mum's house the previous day for charging. The following morning when I switched it on after picking it from my mum's place I was amazed to be welcomed with a confirmation message that I had received money from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy and couldn't wait any longer. I immediately hurried to Mpesa agent in the nearby center and withdrew the money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
Previously I didn't have proper bedding except for some worn out bedding that was not healthy and comfortable sleeping on. The moment I received the money I used a portion of it to purchase bedding. I'm happy I can afford a comfortable sleep. In addition to that, I was in constant conflicts with my in-laws because I hadn't paid my wife's dowry. This couldn't allow us to have peace in the family and it also lowered my self-esteem, so a portion of the money I used to purchase cows which I have used to pay for my wife's dowry. I also leased a farm where I'm planning to plant both maize and beans for family consumption hoping for a good harvest that will last us for a whole year thus I'll be sure food security.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means my marriage is going to be strengthened. I plan to pay dowry to my parents in law.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when looking after cattle. I enjoy herding very much.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing currently is lack of stable source of income to cater for my family's needs like food, shelter and education. I just have to live in this grass thatched house because I can not afford to build a tin roof house.