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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received a message in the morning while I was still taking my breakfast, and my daughter who is also my helper was doing the household clean-up. Since I could not read the message, I had to give her the phone so that she could check and read what the message contained. The first word I heard from her was "GiveDirectly". At first, I thought it is the common message that we used to receive earlier after enrollment but this time, it came bearing great news. I was so excited on learning that I had received the promised amount that I had been anticipating with the plan to construct a new kitchen. We celebrated the support, and start planning to withdraw the following day so that the construction materials can be bought.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since I received the first transfer, I had been happy that a lot of changes have been happening within my household. Apart from the healthy eating at the moment, the biggest difference is the construction work that will soon usher me into the new kitchen structure. The old one had been leaking during rainy seasons but with the new iron sheets and strong walls, I am glad that the disturbing rains will soon be a story of the past.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Before I was enrolled in the program, I had been contemplating on any source of extra finances to use in the renovation of my old kitchen. This idea to renovate faded away when the program came in raising my expectations and had to consider demolishing the old one and start new construction. On receiving the transfer, I purchased 12 iron sheets, timber, and other construction materials at KES15000. The construction work is currently on and had to hold spending on other new projects before confirming the completion of the kitchen. I also spent KES1600 on buying more foodstuff as we needed some maize to cut the cost of buying them in small quantities which is a bit expensive compared to buying in bulk. I am grateful that we can now eat well and the construction project is at its final stages at the moment.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a farmer and planning to keep dairy cows for more production of milk which I will sell the remaining to other people in the village, I am planning to spend 50,0000 to buy two dairy cows and the rest to build my kitchen which is a grass thatched and sometimes it rains inside.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The better part is during the morning when I woke up and feel energised for the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My life has since deteriorated because of my old age I travel far to feed my animals and when I come back i don't get enough milk for consumption.