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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was taking lunch holding my phone and a message popped up. I was very excited to learn it was the transfer that we had been promised by GiveDirectly. My husband who was there with me was also very excited and we thanked God and GiveDirectly.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
In January it is usually dry here and food becomes a problem. We therefore bought food to be able to sustain us during this period. As long as there is food at home, a family is happy. That is how happy we are right now because of how GiveDirectly has been a blessing to us.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I paid school fees for my two children who are in secondary school and bought them school uniform. I also bought a young heifer and 10 chicken.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money mean an improved business that we are running. We have always been desiring to increase our business but due to lack of finances, we have been unable to do so. We are running a retail shop and a small hotel in the nearby centre and we are planning to improve it more by adding stock and thus increasing the size of our customers.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My morning hours entails working in our one acre of land where we have grown maize, kales, sweet potatoes and onions. I use my afternoon looking after our 2 cows and doing household chores. Evening is the only time I have to rest and relax after the long day's work making it the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship we have faced in life is prolonged drought in our region. This has led to low crop production and lack of water for domestic use (for home consumption and cattle). Even though we have tapped water from the county government, it is expensive to pay for it and not reliable since at times we don't get it. We are planning to use Ksh 30,000 to buy more pipes and water tanks to assist us in irrigating our one acre of land and use the rest in equipping our business.