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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 10 am when I received my transfer, I was at home relaxing after I was done with my house chores when I heard my phone ringing, it never crossed my mind that it was the promised transfer, I picked my phone to check and that was when realized that I had received a huge amount of money from the organization, I was overwhelmed with joy, I immediately called my husband to inform the good news that we had received. I started planning on how I would spend the money, I knew that my plans would be realized because I already had the money at hand.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I aspire to see my children excel in academics, on making sure that the vision would be realized I decided to invest in dairy farming, I am hopeful that by then I will be having more than one cow, my life is also different because my children are going to have enough milk for their consumption thus boosting the health. lastly, my visitors can have a comfortable place to sit and relax on because I bought seats.GiveDirectly has brought so much joy and happiness in our lives, the future looks bright for us.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a consistent farmer and my husband is a local businessman in the village, we are blessed with three children. For a long time now I have been buying milk for our daily consumption, this is very expensive for us due to unreliable sources of income, therefore I decided to use my first transfer in buying a dairy cow worth KES28,000. I also bought seats worth KES 9000, then lastly I bought foodstuffs with the remaining part of the transfer. I am humbled and happy that I was able to accomplish so much within a short period, my children are happy now that we own a dairy cow. The support that I got from GiveDirectly lifted my life to a higher level and I am thankful for it, looking forward to receiving the second transfer so that I can build a decent house with it.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that our wealth shall significantly improve. I plan to purchase some livestock that will be sold in the future to educate my children. Additionally, I will utilize some of the money in expanding my business of livestock trade. Subsequently, we shall attain more income for expanding my wealth.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the afternoon when my child is back from school. She helps me look after the cattle and my other young children as I attend to other chores. At this time I also get to rest after a hard days farming activities.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is when the farm I had leased to do farming was adversely affected by drought and maize diseases. I had planted maize for commercial services three years ago. Unfortunately, I made no profits since what we harvested from the farm was just enough to break-even for the project. I lost interest in farming, something that had been my passion for some time.