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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was in my house washing my clothes, I remember it was about 9 o'clock when I heard my phone vibration. I was busy with my household chores so I decided not to bother myself with the phone. Likewise, I am illiterate and I had not operated a mobile phone before. I waited until 12noon when my spouse returned home to check my phone and informed me that I have received my transfer. I felt very happy for receiving my transfer.
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 am living a happy life after renovating my house with the help of the transfer. Previously, I was spending sleepless nights due to the poor condition of my house. This bothered me a lot since my job as a firewood vendor couldn't give me enough income to repair the shelter. Currently, I am no longer stressed up whenever I received visitors because my house is in a better condition.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have desired to renovate my 3 roomed house by putting up a new roof but I lacked the financial capacity to acquire the building materials. This is because my house had a leaking roof due to the old, rusty iron sheets. I was spending sleepless nights, especially during the long rainy season. I had to seek shelter from my neighbor whenever I received guests due to the bad condition of my house. After receiving the transfer, I bought 26 iron sheets at KES 1,250 each, timbers, nails, and paying labour charges for the construction of a new roof. In addition, I bought some new clothes for myself since I was wearing worn-out ones and lacked confidence wherever I am in a group of people. I spent part of the remaining amount to support the education of my child who is in tailoring college in Mombasa The remaining assisted me to purchase enough food for the family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have never slept in a mattress bed before in my house and receiving this money means I will buy a new bed and a matress for my room and the remaining amount I will buy livestock as a source of wealthy for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest time is in the morning when I get breakfast with my husband before he leaves for his duties.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have been grown in a poor family since I was born and has passed difficulty life before I was married