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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was so grateful the moment I received the money because it gave me the ability to fulfill the plans I have been having and address the pressing challenges that had been giving me sleepless nights. My little food cafe was struggling and was not able to sustain itself which used to make me so sad but when I received the money, it was like dawn to me. I was so happy and grateful.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving payments from GiveDirectly is the fact that I was able to revive my food cafe which is going to be making me some profit which in turn will enable me to address the challenges I will face in the future. Also, my children are neither going to be late to report back to school nor are they going to be sent back home for school fees arrears. All thanks to GiveDireclty.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used most of my transfer to settle school fees arrears for my two children who are both in secondary which cost KES20000. I did this because I had gotten the assistance I needed and my children's education is, I believe, an investment that has long term sustainable benefits since they will be able to be employed thanks to their good education and I will be able to count on them to assist me in the future in addressing the challenges that we will face. This gives me so much hope and satisfaction. I also spent KES15000 reviving my local food cafe which has been my business and regular source of income. However, it had been struggling and unable to sustain or take care of itself to the point that it was almost closing down. Therefore, I spent that amount to revive it because it has been and still is my regular source of income as well as a go-to place for quick meals for our neighbors and visitors alike and is a long term source of income that I believe I will be able to always count on to address some of the challenges I will face.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a small business woman running a food kiosk in the village My longing has been to have a stable source of income but due to financial constraints, this dream has never come true. Receiving this money means achieving my dream.I am planning to spend KES 30,000 to add on my existing business.This is going increase the profits I am currently earning of KES 500 to KES 1,000 in a day. Roughly, my family spend KES 300 in a day for the basic needs such as food. I will save the other proceeds for my childrens future education. Additionally,I will use the remaining amount of the transfer to clear fees arrears for my children so that they can settle in school and study.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Two months ago, my second born got married in a traditional wedding which took place at our home. This brought joy to my life because of the respect she gave me as a parent. Most of her age mates got pregnant while in school and they are still with the parents because the men abandoned them, but for her it was different. Also, the bridegroom family paid me dowry as appreciate which helps me with other basic needs such as food.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Prolonged drought is the biggest challenge I am facing. It has been 10 months since we receive rains in our area. I presently experience water scarcity and food both for my family and livestock. As per now I have lost 27 cows which was the only hope I had. The little coins I earn of KES 500 from my business(food kiosk ) goes for water only.