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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 5am in the morning while still asleep when I heard my phone ringing. I immediately handed my phone to my helper who confirmed that I had received 55000 shillings from GiveDirectly and I was excited. I lost sleep because I was overwhelmed with joy and immediately woke up, cooked tea and headed to the nearest MoMo agent with my helper.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is building a modern semi permanent house. I had desired to build a better one for the past one year but couldn't afford.Now, I can sleep comfortably like a baby but previously I wouldn't sleep especially during rainy seasons because I was afraid that the torn walls would fall on me. My house is also well furnished with quality sits and lighting system which I couldn't afford before. I also happy because through GD I was able to stock up maize meal in bulk enough to sustain my family for a longer period. This is contrary to before when I used to rely on casual labor in order to feed my family. Most of the time we used once a day after a long day of struggling with casual labor and we had grown skinny but now we have gained weight and energy to work.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent most of transfer on building a single room 16 Iron roofed house.This is because I used to live in an old grass thatched house with leaking roofs and worn out walls which would fall apart during rainy season. Some was spent on four 3-seater sofa sets because we used to sit on foldable locally made arm chairs which would easily break. I also bought a solar lighting system for lighting up both inside and outside of my house. Before, I used to rely on small smaller DLight system whose light would concentrate on a smaller area at one time. I also bought a heifer in order to increase dairy cows and milk production. The remainder was spent on two maize sacks for sustaining my family and three packets of maize seeds because it's planting season.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have been dreaming of one day purchasing a dairy cow and also to start a small poultry keeping but becuase of lack of capital I have not. Due to my age now I need some income that can assist me to cater for my basic needs since I am no longer able to plough my farm. Receiving this money will assist me to achieve my dreams by purchasing a dairy cow and its produces will give me some income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is my happiest part of the day. It is at this time because God has enable me see the next day healthy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is lack of school fees for my children. My only source of income is subsistence farming but due to bad weather conditions my yields were very low thus I could not pay schools on time.