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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 9 a.m. and I was in my house. My husband and I had just finished having our breakfast when I heard the message notification on my phone. I checked it and to my amazement, I had received KES 55,000. I felt so excited because I could finally make my dreams of going back to school come true.
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 have the money to enable me to achieve my dream of becoming a business owner. I have dreamt of owning a tailoring business for as long as I can remember. However, I haven't been able to because I could not afford to enroll in a college to gain the necessary skills. I work as an ECD teacher and earn KES 7,000 a month. This amount is not enough to enable me to save up for school fees while providing for food, house rent and clothing for my family of three. This situation has made me sad since five years ago when I completed my high school education. I have always wished for a good Samaritan to donate even just KES 10,000 towards my tuition fees.
Thankfully, this transfer has changed that. I plan to enroll in school very soon. The knowledge I will gain from the course will empower me to run my business effectively. The earnings from that will enable me to provide for my family's needs. I have a renewed hope in life and my aspirations, and this makes me so happy.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My biggest aspiration in life is to own a tailoring business. This has not been realised yet due to financial constraints. Since I completed my high school education five years ago, I have had to pick up menial jobs to earn money. Currently, I work as an ECD teacher earning KES 7,000 a month. It's not enough to cater for my family's basic needs, and so I have been unable to save up enough to enroll in college.
I, therefore, plan to spend KES 51,000 to pay school fees for my tailoring course. This will enable me to gain the necessary skills I need to run my business. I already spent KES 3,370 on foodstuff including maize flour, rice and beans to ensure we have enough food for the household.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means upscaling my education. I did my form four exams but I have not taken my certificates because of fee balances. I have school fees balance of Ksh. 18550. After taking my certificates, I want to go to college and do dressmaking course. This will cost. Ksh. 40000. I will also use the remaining amount to buy two sewing machines, materials and open up a shop for my dress making business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest Part of the day is in the morning. I am a dedicated Christian and I wake up for morning glory at 4.am every morning. Worshipping the lord in the morning before going for work gives me happiness.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
When I was in high school , my parents did not have a job. That made me on and off of school because of the fee problem. That is what made my certificates remain at school Upto date. That is the biggest hardship I faced in life.