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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life ever since I started receiving transfers from Give directly is that I am now ambitious and hopeful in life. The financial support I got from Give Directly has enabled me to buy a few goats. First, they take a shorter time to mature to add on that they reproduce mostly twice a year. These are some of the major reasons why I choose to rear them. I am hopeful they will make me wealthier within a short period of time. I am sure that when I later sell the offsprings I will be able to achieve most of my goals. One of my goals is to sell the offsprings and buy a pair of oxen. The oxen will help me in my farming activities in the future.
This means I will also be able to make a living from the farm produce since I will now be doing farming on a large scale because I have the means to till my land.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 10 pm. I was with my family, we had just finished taking supper and we were chatting and having fun. Then I saw a notification message on my mobile phone. I was so much excited when I realized it was an Mpesa message from Give Directly. We could not afford to sleep. We celebrated with my family until dawn. It such a joyous moment for me and my family
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying a few building materials. I bought several building poles at KES 3500, a few pieces of iron sheets, timber and nails. I bought all these with an intention of constructing a new permanent house for my family. We used to live in a hut that was in a very bad condition. The grass thatched roof used to leak whenever it rained. I therefore decided to put all that to an end by building a permanent house. Apart from that, I also bought five goats. The goats will come in handy when an emergency arises. I chose to buy goats because I have the necessary skills to rear them. I have always had the interest of rearing them also but couldn't afford to purchase them until Give Directly came to my life. I know with the assets I have already acquired, I will be able achieve almost all my goals. I really thank Give Directly for choosing me as one of their beneficiaries, I couldn't have achieved all these without their help.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Being a first wife in a polygamous family like mine is a big challenge, since I am forced to work in order to feed myself something that has made my life difficult. My husband has abandoned his responsibilities on me, and he only takes care of his second wife and her children. This has forced me to depend on farming and charcoal burning as my only sources of income. These jobs are exhaustive and considering my age, the hope for better life was no more in me until when I heard about GiveDirectly's unconditional cash transfers. I plan to better my life by constructing a spacious iron roofed house for myself, buy ten goats to start livestock keeping and the remaining amount will support my son to start a hotel business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Since my only source of income is charcoal burning, I spend the better part of my day in the bush burning charcoal. This job drains my energy making me weak and tired. It is only in the evening that I get ample time to relax my body and this is the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband abandoned his responsibilities on me something that has forced me to burn and sell charcoal in order to feed myself. This business is very tiresome due to it's laborious nature and therefore, lack of reliable source of income is my biggest hardship.