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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was awakened by the loud vibration from my mobile phone at exactly 5 AM. I was nervous because it was too early to receive a message at that particular time. Therefore, I quickly decided to check the content of the message only to realize it was an Mpesa message from Segovia Technology. They had finally fulfilled their promise and I was so happy. I went around waking the family up because I couldn't contain the joy of receiving the good news.
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 am now a proud owner of two dairy cows. I am now ambitious and happy because I am certain very soon I will start getting milk from my livestock. I have been undergoing a lot of challenges all along and this is because my spouse was the only breadwinner who solely depend on om the off jobs with a very low income( KES 100) in a day. With a family of ten members, I had to think of a permanent solution for all the troubles in my life. Also, previously, it was hard for us to take milk since it was costly and very rare to get since there were few people owning dairy cows in my village. I am now very excited that my children will be healthier. Besides, I will earn more by selling the remaining liters to the local dairy shops and to my neighbors. This money will help me to pay school fees for my children who had opted to drop out of school due to a huge school fee balance. From that point, I believe my life will never be the same again.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 20000 of my first transfer on paying school fees for my four children who are both in primary and secondary schools respectively. Two were approaching their final exams and this was stressing me since I thought they would miss sitting for the tests due to the huge fee arrears. I am glad I was able to clear the arrears with the help I received from GiveDirectly. I later bought two dairy cows worthy of KES 20000, This has been my long-time dream to own them but due to my meagre income, I could not afford to even buy one. I finally used the remaining amount on purchasing sufficient foodstuffs for my family and household items.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My children have been sent out of school several times something that has affected their performance. Considering our combined income from my charcoal selling with that of my husband from his casual work is very minimal and can not sustain all our needs, so receiving this money, means a bright future for my children. This is because, I intend to spend the entire first transfer ksh 55000, to settle all the school fees arrears as well as paying part of their proceeding terms' fees. This will enable them to settle in school and eventually an improved performance. With the remaining transfer, I plan to buy 2 indigenous dairy cows to have a long-term investment project that will act as my store of wealth and part of it will help me to buy new beddings.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I consider afternoon as the happiest part of my day because it is at this time when I find time to rest from my charcoal work. The resting re-energizes me a lot and this gives me the feeling of happiness. Unlike in the morning and evening hours when I am always busy doing my charcoal work, an activity that is energy-draining.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have always missed the opportunity to live a decent life like my neighbors in the village. Imagine sleeping on a wooden bed without a mattress while my children on the floor, it's a life that has robbed away my dignity and my children always wake up in the morning with a lot of pain. This has contributed to their low performance in school since they always look illy. Hence, I can consider financial instability as my biggest hardship.