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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
After working throughout the night shift, I was planning to go to bed so that I can at least rest, that was when I heard my phone ringing, upon checking I saw a Mpesa message showing that I had received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly.I was so happy and overwhelmed with joy, I knew that I would be able to pay for the school balances that was yet to be cleared, I am grateful for the support that changed my life.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My children are all in school now, unlike before where they would still be idling at home, many times I have been forced to sell some of our properties so that I could pay for their tuition fees, things are different today because I was able to settle all the fees arrears right on time courtesy of GiveDirectly.I am grateful for the support that lifted our lives amazingly well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I work as a security guard in a nearby school, I am a father of 11 children. The biggest challenge that I am facing is lack of funds to pay fees for my four school-going children, this is because the income that I earn is not enough to cater for their fees, therefore I used KES 50,000 in clearing the school fees arrears, lastly I used the remaining part of the transfer in buying utensils and a Plough. I am so happy that the support I got gave me peace of mind by lifting the burden off my shoulders.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have children in various secondary and primary schools and all I want for them is quality grades that can allow them to join university to pursue good courses. When the cash transfer, I use KES20000 to pay school fees for my children this will give them ample time in schools to study. I am confident with minimal interruption they will attain good grades. In addition, I will use another KES26000 to buy a dairy cow. This will be an added asset to my family and I will enjoy a higher milk production for both household use and sales to earn an extra income. To make my children happy and safe, I will use KES25000 to build a two room, iron-roofed house just next to mine. Twill ensure the better comfort, space for their private studies, and good security. I wish to spend the remaining amount mainly on my family,y food, clothing and household items.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Having my family around is always the best thing to me that I look forward to every minute of my life. The happiest part of my day is in the evening since this is the time I enjoy the little we have together as we exchange our day experience and plan for our next day events.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of resources is the biggest hardship I have ever faced my life. Fours years ago, my eldest son joined form one just in a nearby school and raising his fee was an uphill task that we couldn't make. I was forced to travel to Nairobi where I worked as a night watchman to raise his fee.