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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Owning a pair of oxen is the biggest difference in my daily life. Previously I had none and it was difficult to invest in farming. I was using hoes which are not productive with larger acreage, tiresome and I could not plough my whole acreage. Having my pair is advantageous to me because I am assured of cultivating my whole acreage for better yields, and also to catch up with rains which are at times unreliable in our region.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I saw the transfer notification early in the morning as I was reading messages on my phone. It was at this time that I came across the one message that I had been anxiously waiting for, that I had finally received my first transfer. I felt happy for this fortune and gave thanks to GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent KES 30000 on purchasing a pair of oxen to aid me in my farming. I have been using hoes which are not effective on the cultivation of larger acreage. A larger portion of my acreage was left uncultivated due to the high cost of hiring the oxen from neighbours. I am now at peace because during the cultivation season, I will be using my pair for timely and early cultivation. I also purchased two goats to keep in my homestead. I took KES 8000 to invest in a saloon that my daughter has been operating in town. This has been a source of income for our family. I spent the remaining amount to purchase a new wooden bed to replace the old beddings that I have been using.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Starting a salon business for my daughter has been my biggest desire in life. This is due to the fact that, she has skills for this business but has never secured any place to work to earn her a living. My wish was to offer her a capital to start this work and this will going to be my family's reliable source of income. The remaining amount will help me to buy goats for rearing with hope that, they will multiple and when I sell them, I will get more profit.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evening is the happiest part of my day since I always have ample time to rest from my busy day. When I wake up in the morning, I usually take my goats to graze, and when I am back home, I prepare my lunch meal and fetch water from the nearby water pan and this makes my day look tiresome.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of a realible source of income for my family is the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life. I majorly depend on my husband who is doing casual work within the village and his income is always not enough to sustain our basic needs.