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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at school in the kitchen preparing the 10 o'clock tea for the students when I heard my phone ringing in my pocket notifying me of a new message. I decided to pull it out to check it and I could not believe my eyes when I saw that I had received the lump sum transfer that GiveDirectly had promised. I was so happy and I couldn't wait to get out of work in the evening so that I could go inform my children of the good news.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The transfer has brought a very big difference in my life and that of my family. We have been able to purchase the things that we have always wanted but are not in a position to get them due to lack of money. Our lives have thus been uplifted and we no longer suffer a lot.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent most of the money that I got from GiveDirectly on buying a young cow. I decided to buy the cow because I wanted to make an investment that will help me in the future. I am going to look after the cow that I bought and when it calves, I will be able to get milk that I can sell and consume with my children. I was not in a position to buy one before because I was busy struggling to get money for paying school fees for my two children, one who is in the university and the other was in secondary school. In order to get money, I decided to take up the job of a chef at the school where my son was studying. The school offered to pay me KES 6000 per month and they used to deduct some of my salary to cover my son's school fees. The remaining amount, I could use it in purchasing food for my family and buying other household items. It has thus been hard to make any other investments.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means an improved living standard. I live in a shanty which is small and when it rains, water oozes from the ground. Whenever it rains, I go to my parent's house to shelter and sleep which I feel is inappropriate since I am also old. I feel ashamed to sleep with my parents under the same roof. I, therefore, intend to construct a better house. With an estimated cost of KES 30,000, I intend to construct a better one. I also intend to spend the remaining money to purchase a dairy cow. Fulfilling this dream will rejuvenate my life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I work as a cook in a nearby secondary school which is within the village. Since the job is tasking, I leave for work as early as 4.00 AM to go and prepare tea for teachers and students. After students have taken their tea at around 6.00 AM, I start preparing lunch, and later prepare evening tea for them. I am engaged the whole day until late in the evening when I go home to have a rest. I feel happy at night while I am sleeping because it is the time my body relaxes and nothing comes into my mind.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Inadequacy of funds has been the biggest hardship I have faced in life. I am employed as an auxiliary staff in a nearby school, working as a cook. With a meager salary of KES 5,000 a month, I have been unable to save and put up a better house. Keeping in mind that I have other domestic recurrent expenses such as food and clothing to cater to, that amount is hardly enough. Therefore, being a beneficiary of Give Directly brings a feeling of renewed hope in my life.