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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my transfer, I was preparing to step out to shop when I heard my phone ringing and vibrating loudly, Upon checking I saw a Mpesa notification message showing that I had received money from GiveDirectly, I was overwhelmed with joy and happiness, I knew that I will be able to purchase a water tank, words cannot express how happy I was, I am grateful to have received the support from GiveDirectly.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I am so relieved and happy that I was able to purchase a water tank with the transfer that I received, I no longer worry about going to the stream very early in the morning or very late at night, in addition to that I now own a dairy cow, which in future I would be able to earn an extra income by selling milk. I was also able to put up building materials for that I would be able to start building a house once my transfer is in. I am so grateful for the support that brought so much happiness to my life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Fetching water from the stream daily is so tedious, I am a busy businesswoman in the village, a time I close my work very late at night, therefore I bought a water tank worth KES 28,000, I then bought a dairy cow worth KES 13,000 so that I would be able to cut down on the cost of buying milk daily, then lastly bought building material so that I would be able to construct a house once I receive my second transfer. I am grateful for the support that lifted my living standards.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money would mean a better house for my family at the moment the house am currently living in is made of mud walls and when it rains the mud keep falling off making it very cold at night for my children. I also spend a lot of time repairing the walls during the day which consumes time which I could have used to run my business. I will therefore spend USD.800 to buy building blocks, cement and iron sheets. The other USD.280 I'll spend it on labor.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is usually in the morning because I am a business lady and every new day presents an opportunity to make a living.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Extended period of drought and lack of a constant source of income has been the biggest hardship in my life. I have a good chunk of land but it cannot be of help to me because nothing grows to maturity and harvesting so at the end of the day I have to buy food which if not for the drought we would have produced ourselves.