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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was still early in the morning when I received the transfer that I had eagerly been waiting for as we had been promised that we would receive them before 20th August. I became so happy after confirming the good news as I knew that I would finally be able to fulfill what had seemed impossible before with the cash at my disposal. I thanked God for His blessings and we celebrated the good news all day by cracking some jokes and reminding ourselves of where we had come from.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I have made a major step in life and I feel that I am at the same level as other people in the village since I am continuing with the construction of a decent and spacious kitchen for my family. Due to this, I am happy that I will no longer be making our meals from outside and I will cease being the talk of everyone in the village. Owning this kitchen will not only be my source of pride but also joy knowing that I am making our meals in a clean environment free from any contaminations that might cause diseases.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Having a decent and spacious kitchen had been my desire since I did not have one and when I received my transfer, I spent KES 25000 on the purchase of a doorframe, two pieces of windows, enough poles, and 15 pieces of iron sheets. I am happy that the construction has already started and I will be able to start using my new kitchen very soon. In addition to this, I spent KES 10000 to pay school fees for my daughter who is in secondary school to avoid her being sent back home and spent KES 13000 on medical expenses for my son who had been involved in a motorcycle accident and I am happy that he was able to get the needed treatment. Using the remaining KES 6000, I bought one sack of maize and other foodstuffs for my family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I intend to build a kitchen house .For now I stay in one house and it is not good for me since the smoke make the house uncomfortable for abode. The clothes also picks the smell of the smoke. I have always wanted to own a kitchen house and this is a perfect moment to build one . The cost of the kitchen house will cost me approximately USD 3500. The rest of the money will go towards the purchase of a dairy cow .
What is the happiest part of your day?
Iam a casual labourer. Every morning I set out to do these menial jobs .My happiest day is in the evening when I have finished my work and relaxing in my home .
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Since my husband passed away I have been living as a widower. It is not always easy to fend for the family by a single parent . I have been struggling to provide for my family and to pay for the school fees.