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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was out doing some casual jobs as it is my norm when I received a notification. Upon checking I had been sent KES 55000, I felt so happy as I had never gotten such an amount of money before.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Due to lack of jobs and poor payment, I couldn't do much to change my life. But when I received my first transfers, alot changed. I now have a good house, good furniture and clothes. Thanks GiveDirectly for all you did to me.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Before, we were living in a grass tached house but when I received my first transfers from GiveDirectly, I spent KES 25000 on buying building materials for constructing a house. I then spent another KES 5000 on paying for labour for the construction. I then bought twenty chicken at a cost of KES 10000 so that I would rare for eggs. The remaining amount, I spent KES 7500 on buying clothes for my family members. After completing the house I bought some new furniture at Kes 6500 which I put on my new house.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My parent sent me away from the family in May 2020. I decide to start building my own house which small but now that I am about to get Give Directly transfers, I will build a bigger house so that the one I am living now becomes a kitchen. Also, I will use the rest of the money to build a poultry house which is my long term plan.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am a casual labourer within the village. I wake up every to do the casual jobs. The work is too labour and intense and this makes the part of the day I am performing this tasks to be dull and unhappy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have ever faced is denial by my own biological parents. They kicked me out of our family and they told me to start living by myself. I felt denied at the time of my need. I had to go the Kericho to be hired as casual labourer in the year 2019. That time I used to starve for some days which was the biggest blow in my entire life.