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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was about 9 am and I was on the farm looking after my goats when I heard a message notification. On checking my phone, I saw the message informing me that I had received the cash transfer from GiveDirecly. I was extremely happy and felt blessed.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is my family now owns two dairy cows. We no longer spend KES 60 on buying milk on a daily basis, which was a strenuous financial situation for us because I do not have a stable source of income. Instead, the cows we acquired give us milk for home use. We also sell some at KES 30 a litre and earn money to meet our basic needs. This makes me very happy.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My family used to buy milk on a daily basis. This was a difficult situation for us because I am unemployed and do not have a stable source of income. This is why I prioritised the purchase of two dairy cows worth KES 35,000, to give us a consistent milk supply. I also spent KES 13,500 on buying a bed and a new mattress, so that my family can sleep comfortably. Lastly, I spent KES 6,200 on buying food for the household.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means owning a decent house for me. I will improve my house to a better standard. Currently, my house is in a very bad condition. I do not have a bed. My house is a mud constructed house, during the rain season, some parts of the house falls down leaving holes on the house. This makes my house insecure to live in and that's why I will immediately renovate my house after getting the transfer from GiveDirectly.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Afternoon is the happiest part of my day. It is in the afternoon that I relax and catch up with my wife after a busy morning working as a casual labourer.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lacking a constant sustainable income is the biggest hardship for me. I work as a casual labourer, sometimes the pay I get, does not satisfy my needs and that of my wife. Sometimes we are forced to go to bed without food.