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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at the farm preparing for the next planting season when I heard some of my village mates celebrating and praising the Lord. I definitely knew there was some good news. At that particular moment, I heard my phone ringing continuously. I decided to check the content of the notification. I could not believe what I saw, it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly that I had anxiously been waiting for. I was overjoyed and decided to go back home and plan on how best I can utilize the cash transfers.
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 spacious decent house. It has been my dream to construct one but due to my financial status, I could not afford it. The previous one was a small hut that was almost collapsing. Therefore some of my family members had to seek shelter from their friends every night. Also, some of my properties had to stay in the open which was so insecure. This was so frustrating considering the fact that my children could not even study at night due to unlimited space. I am now a happy patent because GD has transformed my life positively and we are now sheltering comfortably under a decent house and my children have ample space ad time to study.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials such as several building poles, iron sheets, nails, and timber. I purchased all these with the intention of constructing a new house since the previous one was small and in poor condition. I also bought some new school uniforms and shoes for my children becasue the previous ones were old and torn. With the remaining amount of money, I am using it in buying foodstuffs for the family which I believe the stock will take us to the next harvesting season.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to build another house because my current house is not spacious enough to accommodate my visitors when they come. When I receive the money I will use 40,000 shillings to build a two-roomed house for myself. I also intend to use 30,000 shillings to buy a mattress and bed because my current beddings are not in good condition. The remaining amount will be used for buying daily needs such as food and clothes.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I usually go to the farm every morning and return home in the evening. I work in the hot sun and a lot of energy is drained and I become tired. I always look forward to evening because this is the time I relax and rest after a busy day. Evening is therefore the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
As a subsistence farmer I normally do the farming manually. During the harvesting period I get little yields because I can only manage to work on a very small portion due to lack of money to hire oxen which can plough a bigger piece of land.The food only lasts for two months then after that I get back to my daily hustles for food. Financial problems is therefore the biggest hardship in my life.