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55000 KES ($500 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 2pm while relaxing outside my house just after lunch when I heard my kids jubilating because they had received the transfers. Shortly before that, I had heard a message alert but ignored it because I am illiterate. It was until my helper came to check my phone and confirmed that I had received the transfers too and I was very happy. We slept until the following day we went for the money from the nearest MoMo agent.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is owning a dairy cow which I had desired since I lost two dairy to skin diseases in the past year. I am happy because my family can now drink milk. I am also happy because the transfers have enabled me to buy maize inputs hence relieving my kids this time around. I am also grateful because we can now afford to eat three meals a day contrary to before when we used to take a cup of sugarless tea for breakfas and a meagre meal for dinner.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 42000 on a dairy cow because I lost the ones to severe skin diseases last year. Since then we have been buying two cups of milk at KES 30 per day. I also spent KES 6000 on maize farming in order ensure food security in the next harvest season because I normally depend on my kid's for farm inputs. I also spent KES 3600 on a sack of maize in order to sustain for a longer period because we normally eat from hand to mouth. I also spent KES 1900 on second hand clothes two shirts and two pairs of trousers.
access_time 3 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
We do not have a cows, all that we had was taken by our children, when we get this money we are going to buy other two heives so that we can have milk them and sell the milk to other people here and some for our own use.we are too old to look for casual work so when we have the cows we will sell milk and use the money meet our household needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is in the evening when I am resting with my wife, during the day I go out to look after my neighbors cattle and I feel so lonely out there but when I come home I am happy to have her companionship
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life was when I was unwell. My wife and my self live alone here so during that time it was so difficult for us to get basic stuff in the house since I am the one who was providing.I worked as a casual labourer in people farms to earn as little as sh100 per day.