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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Being a charcoal vendor, I had gone to the bush for charcoal burning. I always left my phone in my house since I fear it may get lost. When I returned home I heard my neighbours claiming that they had received their transfer the previous day. I was shocked and rushed to check my phone to see if there is any message about my transfer. I was so excited after I saw the mpesa SMS indicating that I had received the transfer from GiveDirectly. I had to confirm my account balance to ascertain it and indeed it was true that I had received my transfer.
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 living a happy life free from the stresses after starting a motorbike taxi which earns me KES 300 per day a sustainable income for my family. In addition, I am able to meet my daily needs especially food without struggling with the income I obtained from the business.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent my transfer to start a motorbike taxi business by purchase 2 brand new motorbikes on hire purchase by paying a deposit of KES 15,000 each. I am currently earning an income of KES 300 per day on average after paying all the daily installments for each bike. I also invested KES 7000 in start goats rearing by acquiring two goats. My long-term plan is to exchange them for oxen once they reproduce in the future to assist me in ploughing my farm. I also spent 4000 to support my kid's educational needs by clearing the fee balance. The remaining amount assisted me to purchase enough food and water for the family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will complete my house .My house has no roof on one side! I have to complete roofing my house . I will spend 30,000 shillings to finish my house, spend 20,000 shillings to start a retail shop business here in my house and pay my children's school fees which I have fee balance of 27,000 shillings and clear next terms fees. I have never slept on a mattress bed since I was born- I am planning to buy the first mattress bed in my life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the morning when I have food in the house and I have no stress Knowing that my family will eat both breakfast and lunch . when it reaches in the afternoon I realize I have to plan for the evening and tomorrow in order to have food in my house.- My happiest part of the day is in the morning.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is that since I was born, I have been relying on charcoal burning business.Its hard and it has ruined my body and I feel I have no strength. I was married and my husband was doing a casual labour in the nearby town but he died 20 years ago and left me with 6 children to feed on and of which I depend on charcoal burning business-- this is the biggest hardship in my life.