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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 2 in the afternoon when I was taking lunch with my family ten muy phone started ringing alerting me of a new message. I asked my helper to confirm the content of the message. On checking, he realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy and felt like my life had transformed completely.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Having the cow in my compound has brought about the biggest achievement and difference in my daily life. I decide to do dairy family because apart from getting for free I will be selling the remaining liters to the markets and neighbors. It has been my desire for a long period of time but because I was a casual laborer I could not afford it. Currently, the cow is proving us with milk making us healthier. I am also now earning good money from the sale of milk which makes it easier to settle all my bills in time
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some beddings which include a new wooden bed and a mattress. This was to replace the old traditional bed that I have been using for all those years. I have been complaining of some back pains because of its state. Also, I bought a dairy cow worthy of KES 15000. This will be the living asst that I will be leaning in case of any financial constraints. Also, I bought a new wooden door to replace the old one which had worn out. I later cleared school fees arrears for my son who is in his final year. Also with the remaining amount of money, I bought sufficient foodstuffs for my children and good clothes,
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
A modern bed and a mattress is basically my greatest desire that I have ever wished to have. This is because the one I am currently using is made of ropes and on top, I use rugged sacks. My plan once I receive this.money is to spend utmost $150 to buy the buy he bed plus the mattress. On the other hand, I also plan to start livestock rearing especially goats in order to have a long investment project. To achieve this, I intend to start with 10 goats of $25 each. The remaining amount will help me to cater for my children's school fees and also for food.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evening is the happiest part of my day because it is at this time when I find myself relaxed. Unlike in the morning and afternoon hours when I am busy hustling either in the bush doing charcoal work or working at my neighbour's farm.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am a widow and the sole breadwinner for my 2 children who are still in secondary school. Considering the cost of the school fees, I am feeling a burden on me and the only option is to engage in odd jobs like charcoal burning or working for my neighbour in order to earn an income. My earnings are always low and I majorly apply for bursaries which in most cases, I miss. Therefore, the lack of a reliable source of income is my biggest hardship.