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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was so excited the moment I received the transfers. It was around 2 PM when I saw the message. I thank God and the organization for everything because I can now accomplish my dreams which I never expected would come true.
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 a dairy cow. I opted to buy it because I am optimistic I will achieve a lot from its various benefits. First, I will be getting some milk for free for my family consumption. This will serve as their surplus to their daily meals. To add to that, I will sell the remaining liters to the local markets in my region and generate an income. I will save the little money that I will be earning and pay school fees for my children who are still in school. Also, I will no longer strain in meeting their daily needs like before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying one dairy cow at KES 16000. I have been yearning to keep it for years but I could not afford it at its cost. I also bought some building materials such as iron sheets, building poles, timber, and nails. I purchased all these to construct a new house to replace the traditional grass-thatched one which was leaking every winter season. I also bought some foodstuffs for my family that would take us to the next harvesting season.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have desired to own an iron-roofed house for myself because the one I currently have is grass thatched and old fashioned. During rain seasons, I am rained on and this does not give me nice sleep. My plan once I receive the money is to spend $300 to construct the house something that will give me peace of mind. Also, I am planning to spend $150 to buy a modern bed plus a mattress to replace the local roped one that I have been using for a long time. This will change my life for the better, a transformation that I have always wished to have.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The evening is the happiest part of my day because it is at this moment when I am assured of getting my dinner. Unlike in the morning and afternoon hours when getting meals is a challenge, something that makes me feel so bad especially when I see my grandchildren lack food.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Considering my age of 64 years plus my health condition which has rendered me inactive in terms of engaging myself in income generating activities, the only hope is on my daughter who is vending vegetables at Mombasa. Her support is inconsistent and this means some days we spend them without eating. Therefore, food insecurity becomes the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life.