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55000 KES ($519 USD)
access_time 22 days ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received money, I was so happy. I have never held so much amount in my life. That was the first one ever. I was overwhelmed with happiness.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have a nice spacious enough to accommodate my family with much comfort. I no longer scared that the house might collapse on us. I am also more confident in welcoming visitors to my current house I Constructed.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent the money I received from GiveDirectly on buying building materials that I used to build a new house. My old house was almost collapsing given that I used second hand iron sheets. I was scared it could collapse any time on us. I now have a good better house. It is new,strong and very spacious. I also bought goats that I am rearing and will hel me educate my children.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
The piece of land that we are currently living in does not belong to us, and any time the owner might want to evict us. This has been our biggest concern, and because our meager income cannot meet the cost of purchasing a land, we are left at the mercies of the owner. Therefore, receiving this will make us land proprietors. This will be a dream come true because this is something that we have been yearning to achieve for far too long. For this reason, we intend to spend our first transfer on it. Additionally, I will start a grocery store using the second transfer. We have limited stores within the area and one has one walk for kilometers to acquire basic food items. I will, therefore, leverage on that to generate additional income for my household. And that is what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evening is the happiest part of my day. This is the time when I'm at ease, having done most of my day's chores. I enjoy the company of my children as they also help me with a few household chores.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband transports people's commodities in Mombasa at a fee using a hand-drawn cart. Given the nature of his job and its dismal earnings, it has been extremely difficult to sustain the needs of the family. At the moment, my children are not in school due to lack of school fees. On the other hand, I'm a housewife whose role is to take care of the children and engage in farm work during the rainy season. For that reason, my husband is the sole provider and that explains the kind of struggle we go through each day to even have a decent meal on our table. Lack of adequate resources, therefore, has been the biggest hardship in my life.