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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was about 10 am and I was in my house relaxing when I heard my phone beep. On checking it, I saw the message notification that I had received the cash transfer from GiveDirectly. I was overwhelmed with joy and felt like God had remembered me.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Before receiving this transfer, my family's living conditions were poor. We were seven of us, living in a one-bedroom house. It could not accommodate all of us and we had no sense of privacy. As a parent, I longed for the day we could finally have a decent home that could meet our needs.
This transfer enabled us to do just that. We now live in a spacious, two-bedroom house. We have a sense of privacy and a satisfactory place to call home.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
A few months ago, my family of seven lived in a small one-bedroom house. It was not spacious enough to accommodate all of us, and there was no sense of privacy. So when I received the transfer from GiveDirectly, I spent KES 42,000 on construction materials including timber and iron sheets, and labour for the construction of a new house. Additionally, I spent KES 12,700 on the purchase of a bed and mattress for my children, as they used to sleep on the floor, which is uncomfortable for them.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a decent house for me. My house is in a very bad state.The roof does not cover the entire house, this makes the house to leak during the rainy season. My house is also small, in that, it cannot accommodate a family of 5 children. I sleep with my five children in one small room. The room becomes too congested which can even results to outbreak of diseases within my family. I am planning to use the money I will get from GiveDirectly to build a decent and a bigger house that will sufficiently accommodate my family of five children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I can say my happiest part of the day is in the afternoon. It is in the afternoon that I get time to relax and enjoy a meal with my children after a busy morning. I always do my house chores very early in the morning, I then go round to my neighbors to search for any work that I can do to enable me earn an income for the day. After doing the work, I use the money I have earned to buy food for my children. I head back home to cook lunch for my children. seeing them enjoying the meal as I relax, makes me happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of money is the biggest hardship I have ever faced. My house is in a bad state but due to lack of money, I have never renovated it. The money I get from the daily work I do, is only enough to buy food for my children.