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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had just finished taking breakfast around 7 AM when I heard the notification from my mobile phone. On checking, I confirmed it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly, I was excited that I could not hold the joy that I had. It was my first time receiving such a huge amount of money which is also nonrefundable.
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 now own three dairy cows that I acquired after receiving my first transfer. These will be the only assets that I can depend on just in case of any financial difficulties. In the next few months, they will reproduce and I will sell the offsprings once they mature and save the money and start some other projects that will uplift my living standards. Also, I will get milk for both my family's consumption and commercial purpose hence generating an income to support other family daily basic needs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent a larger portion of my first transfer in buying some three dairy cows at a total of KES 50000. I have really been longing to own them for so many years but all was in vain because of the poverty life that stricken my homestead. Then the remaining amount of money was spent on foodstuffs for my family and some decent clothes.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I intend to use part of my first transfer to buy dairy cattle to provide milk products to my family. The remaining balance will be to construct a house extension on my existing one. I will use my second transfer to clear fee balance for my six kids who are in primary school and the remaining balance to set up a small retail shop.
What is the happiest part of your day?
After I am done with the usual household chores, I spent most of my day taking good care of my disable kid. My happiest part of the day is when I wake up in the morning and prepare my kids to go to school.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have a child who is permanently disable. He cannot walk, stand, talk or hear anything. He has been confined to just sleeping on a mat day in day out. About 90% of my productive time is used in taking care of him. Seeing him suffer like this brings lots of sadness in my heart and I hope and pray that someday a miracle can happen to him.