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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was awakened by a loud vibration from my mobile phone at exactly 2 PM. I quickly checked its content and realized it was an Mpesa message from Give directly. I felt so happy and started rejoicing other with my village mates. I will always thank God every day for making me eligible for this program
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Having a dairy cow has made my life to be totally different. The cow has reproduced a few days ago and I am currently getting plenty of milk for my family consumption. This will make us be healthier which is a relief because previously I could not afford to buy milk for my children since it was very expensive to me, they were malnutrition Also, I am planning to sell a few liters to my neighbors. This will really boost my living standards. In addition, the normal expenses such as paying school fees for my children and catering for other household needs will now be easier because of this because which I believe is a lucrative one.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some beddings such as two mattresses bedsheets. This was to replace the old ones that had worn out. I also bought two dairy cow worthy of KES 18000. I have been aspiring to keep them in my compound for so long but I could not afford it. I later cleared the huge school fees balance for my children who are in secondary school. With the reming amount of money, I bought enough foodstuffs for my family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am widow who has 4 sons who are in secondary school. Paying for their school fees has not been easy. I work as a casual laborer. This job earns me 400 shillings in a day. This can not sustain all our needs especially the school fees,. My son is the one who has been struggling to support his siblings. He works as a teacher. Also his salary is not enough.I am planning to spend all the transfer to clear all the fees arrears. This will give them room to study with ease because they will not be sent to collect fees. I hope that they will pass and proceed to a university. Once they attain their certificates, they will be employed and support our family in the future.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is my happiest part of the day. It is at this time when I can do my casual jobs of construction and provide for my family's needs such as food.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of a good source of income is my biggest challenge is a biggest challenge. I work as a casual labourer. This job earns me 400 shillings. This can not sustain all our needs, thus makes my son struggle to pay fees.