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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had finished preparing my children for school and I was busy with the other household chores when I received the messages notification on my phone. After checking, I realized I had received my transfer, I felt very happy and thanked God for receiving such a huge amount of money at once which was to elevate our living standards.
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 have a green source of light energy for the family. At the moment my children are doing their homework without falling. Previously, they could go to school without completing their homework when I lack money to buy paraffin for the lamp. In addition, I enjoy my nights sleeping on a comfortable modern bed.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 13,800 to purchase a solar light system for my house. This is because my children were struggling to do their homework at night. I was using a paraffin lamp which is costly since I had to purchase the paraffin every day. I also bought a bed and mattress for KES 10,500 for myself. This is because I was sharing a single bed with my 3 children and sometimes I had to sleep on the floor with my husband when he is around. This was the worst situation in my life since I could feel body pain all over my body after sleep. In addition, I used KES. 4500 to support my 3 children's education by paying a school fee of KES.1000 each and purchase a pair of school uniforms for each of the children. For the remaining amount, I bought 2 sacks of maize floor and one goat for rearing.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means access to higher education for my children. Being a mother of three kids, with no source of income makes it difficult to afford school fees for my children. This money will help me pay for school fees and buy two cows at a cost of Ksh. 30000 as an investment in future so that when they finish basic education, I sell the livestock so that they can go to secondary and higher education institutions.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening. This is because during this time, my three children are back from school and seeing them safe makes me happy. It is also at this time that I get time to talk to my husband who is away through a phone call and connecting with him brings joy to my heart.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial instability is the biggest hardship. This is because I am worried about the future of my children since they need to eat and get better education. With no source of stable income, it has not been possible to take my children to better school and cater for their basic needs.