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55000 KES ($489 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home making breakfast. At 9 a.m, I heard a message notification come in. I checked my phone and was pleasantly surprised to see that I had received KES 55,000. I can not put into words how happy I felt after receiving this donation.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I still can not believe that I have a piece of land where I can build a house that is big enough to meet my family's needs. Currently, we live in a small single-room house that can barely accommodate the three of us. We have always wanted to build another, but we have no source of income and therefore could not afford to. I'm so happy that this transfer has changed our circumstances. With the purchase of this piece of land, we are now able to build a bigger house.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Our family of three lives in a tiny, single-room house because we do not have enough land to build a bigger one on, unfortunately. This has caused me to worry for a long time since I would like to expand my family. So I was happy to spend KES 45,000 on the purchase of a piece of land. I then spent KES 9,000 on starting a poultry farming business.
access_time 3 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My father-in-law has a large family of 11 children (8 boys and 3 girls). As per our tradition, each of the 8 boys is entitled to inherit a share of their father's land. Unfortunately, the total acreage is very small and cannot accommodate all of us. Receiving this money means that we will be in a position to buy a quarter an acre piece of land for KES 45000 in a different village, build a house for KES 30000 and relocate there. This will reduce housing congestion in our current residence.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I got married in December 2019 and the wait for our first child came to fruition in April 2021. The joy of every couple is to have children. My baby has brought joy to our union as I can now be referred to as a mother.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband and I finished our college education some few years ago. Up to date, we have not gotten any reliable employment opportunities. We depend on contractual jobs like teaching to sustain ourselves. The schools being in remote settings, payment is little and so we have to struggle to fend for our young family. Our hope is to one day have an avenue of getting a regular source of income.