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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was a few minutes past 10 am as I was feeding my livestock when I heard a message notification on my phone and upon checking, I realized that it was the transfer GiveDirectly had promised to send to us during enrollment. I felt very happy for being among those who had qualified for the financial aid and I hurriedly completed what I was doing then went home to inform my family. They were all overwhelmed with joy for the good news and we spent the whole day planning on how best to use our transfer before withdrawing it the next day.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The transfer from GiveDirecly has changed my life and that of my family for the better. We used to live in a small house a month ago and welcoming people to my home was a hard decision I had to make whenever someone wanted to visit me as they would not have a place to sleep in comfortably as they had to sleep in our kitchen. Once we received the transfer from GiveDirecly, things changed as I have been able to complete the construction of a new, spacious and comfortable house.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Since I have been longing to sleep in a better shelter, I spent KES 36000 from my first transfer on buying building materials such as iron sheets, building poles, nails, and timber. I settled on constructing a new house becasue the initial one was small. Also, I used KES 7000 to buy a matress, bed and two blankets to replace the old ones that we were using and also spent KES 5000 on seats. With the amount that remained, I spent KES 3000 on foodstuffs for my family and we are grateful because we no longer skip meals like before and invested KES 4000 on poultry through buying 10 chicken.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will build a spacious house and start my poultry and dairy project that will help me educate my children in future.
My husband is a casual laborer in Nairobi and what he earns only caters for our daily expenses at home, I am also a house wife and I do casual labour in my neighbouring village. This only help us get our daily bread. I have been doing this for along time in my life.
I plan to spend 400 dollars in building a spacious house for my family , use 300 dollars to start a poultry project and spend the rest for buying at least 2 dairy cows.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the morning when I wake up and go to farm , I love doing farming like vegetables, Sweet potatoes and beans, so in the morning I am happy when I go to the farm and start my job and in the evening I get something to eat.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I leave in a small house which always make me feel ashamed when I have visitors, my husband and I have to look for a place to accommodate our visitors, and this brings alot of worry to me in the society, my children are always embarrassed at all time and keep asking me about the house.