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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home having lunch with my family when I heard the SMS notification on my phone. I decided to check it and I could not believe what I saw because I had never received such a large sum of money in my M-Pesa account before. I was so happy and I did not miss telling my family what the excitement was all about. They were so happy to hear this and they confirmed the good news for themselves. We rejoiced and even forgot for a while that we were having lunch. We then prepared ourselves and my son and I left to go and withdraw the money.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
This transfer has brought a big difference in our lives as a family. It has enabled me to buy another cow that is going to help me a lot. I will be able to have a constant supply of milk for sale and my family’s consumption. This way, I will be able to maintain the customers that I have and I will have a constant income. The two bags of maize that I bought will enable us to have something to eat for a while. I will hence not be having worries about what my family is to eat. The cushions that I bought for the two chairs have enabled us to have more space that our guests can comfortably sit on. The clothes have also made us look good and our children are so happy about this because they were also able to have some for themselves.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The transfer from GiveDirectly has helped me and my family in various ways. I bought another cow with part of the money. I also bought two bags of maize and some cushions for the two chairs in my house that did not have them. The transfer also enabled us to buy some clothes for ourselves and our children. I still have some money with me that is helping me in buying small household items like sugar, soap, etc. I decided to use the money to buy another cow because I usually depend on selling milk to earn income. At times the cows that I have stop lactation and hence they dry. This hence results in me lacking milk for sale and my family’s consumption. The cow that I bought will help us to at least have a constant supply of milk because when one cow is dry, there will be at least another lactating one. Buying another cow has not been easy for me to do because I have never had a large sum of money that was going to enable me to do so. The money that I have been getting from the sale of milk has mostly been going to the purchase of food and paying school fees for my children.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I shall afford to purchase and install a water tank. My age has significantly advanced, hence my usual task of carrying a 20-liter jerrican of water is becoming more challenging. Therefore, GiveDirectly's transfer will be much relief to me and a blessing to my family. Having a large water tank for storing rain water means that we shall have adequate volumes of clean water.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the midday when I have accomplished my farming tasks. This is the moment that I take some rest under a shade while chatting with my husband.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My last born child was attacked and severely injured by thugs while he was going back to his rented house in Nairobi. By then, he was pursuing his college studies. Following the incident, we spent lots of money and borrowed others to pay for his medication. Eventually, he gave up his plumbing course due to the ordeal. Though he has recovered, he has developed some hearing problems. As a parent, I feel that my son's life has been much compromised. Hence, the deadly attack of my son serves as biggest hardship I have faced in life.