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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 cellphone alerting me of an incoming message. Without wasting time, I decided to check who it could be. Only to realize it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly, I was overwhelmed with joy.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life os the fact that I am now a proud owner of a dairy cow. I am optimistic that in a few months to come, I will be getting plenty of milk. I am planning to supply to the markets and neighbors and generate an income. In addition to that, my family will enjoy the milk and this will be a surplus to their daily meals making them healthier.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying a dairy cow at KES 18000. Before GiveDirectly came into my life, I did not have any living asset that I could lean on just in case of any financial difficulties. I also bought a solar panel which is now helping my children at night in their studies, apart from that I also use it to charge my mobile phone and those of my neighbors at a fee. Apart from that, I also bought a piece of land specifically for my farming activities. The remaining amount of money, I am using it in buying enough foodstuffs for my family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Paying school fees has been a huge burden for me. Receiving this money will come as a relief since I will use part of the money to pay the fees. I have one child in boarding school which is quite expensive for me. I pay 450 USD in a year. I am required to pay 150 USD next term . I also have a plan of rearing goats. Goats survive during the dry season and there I see it as a good venture for me. I plan to start with 10 goats which will cost me approximately 200 USD. I also want to get back to a business that I had tried sometimes back ,which was selling soft drinks and water especially during open air events like games.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is the happiest part of my day. This is so ,especially when I wake up feeling strong , ready for the day's activities. Casual jobs like mine require a lot of energy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband passed away leaving me with 6 children. It has been very hard being the sole bread winner. I mainly depend on bursaries and support from the community to educate my children. I mainly do casual jobs which are very physical which is becoming more difficult as years pass by. This means my ouput is low hence low income.