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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the message on my phone in the morning hours when I was busy doing my house chores. I heard my phone ringing, an alert of an incoming message. I called my helper to confirm to me who the sender was. To my surprise, it was an Mpesa message. As she disclosed the good news that GiveDirectly had sent the first transfer, I could not hold back the great joy that I felt. I thanked GiveDirectly for the financial help.
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 now own two cows that I acquired through the transfers. I could not afford to buy any livestock at my own cost, though I longed to own them. These are living assets which I can readily rely on in case of a financial need. My expectation is that they will reproduce and increase in number. I will sell the offspring to meet my future financial needs. Besides, I will also be getting milk for my family's consumption and sell the surplus to get money.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 45000 of my first transfer on buying two cows which I am currently keeping in my homestead. Owning these livestock was my greatest desire because they are a saving to us. These are living assets to me which I am expecting them to reproduce and increase in number. I can readily rely on the offspring in case of a financial need. In addition, I will also be getting milk for my family's consumption and sell the surplus to raise money. Apart from the livestock, I spent the remaining amount on renovating my house which was in a bad state. It was nearly collapsing since it was not stable enough to withstand winds and rains. I purchased some building poles and nails to facilitate this.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
It has been trend in our village that every household owns livestock which they sale whenever any emergency arise. I have desire to start livestock rearing especially cows like other in the village but I never accomplished this due financial challenges. Receiving this money means realization of my dream since I am planning to purchase 2 cows at 120 dollars each. The remaining amount will assist me in expanding my house which is very small.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My mornings and afternoons are usually the busy part of my day doing my household activities and working in the farm. Evening is the only time that I can relax while eating my dinner. Hence, I assume it as my happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being a widow and the only breadwinner providing for food for my family has been a challenge task especially at my age of 76 years. Peasant farming is what I have been doing, Now that I am old and sick working in the farm to get enough food for myself is very hard. Therefore, I consider food insecurity as my biggest hardship in my life.