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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was exactly around 3 PM when I was hading to the farm when my mobile phone started vibrating. Since I am illiterate I decided to ask my helper to confirm what the notification was all about. On checking, she realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. They had finally sent the money that I had anxiously been waiting for. I was overwhelmed with joy and decided to return back home to share the good news with the rest of my family members.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Having the two dairy cows makes the biggest difference in my daily life. I have been training to keep them in my homestead because they have various benefits but I could not afford them because they were too expensive. In a few months to come, I am assured of getting milk for free which will be a surplus to our daily meals. Also with the remaining litres, I will sell them to the nearby local markets since there is a scarcity of milk in m region. This makes me ambitions because I am assured that will be able to meet my family basic needs such as paying school fees in time without any difficulties like I used to do.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some livestock such as two dairy cows worthy of KES 40000. I have been longing to keep them in my compound for quite a long time but I could not afford it due to the poverty life that haad stricken my household. Also, I bought some building materials such as bricks, cement, and sand purposely for the renovation of my house which was temporary. With the remaining amount of money, I bought sufficient foodstuffs for my family and some other household items that I was lacking.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have been depending on livestock rearing has my source of livelihood for my family, my desire has been expanded my activities by purchasing 4 more cattle at 180 dollars each. This will be my future investment for my family as I will be able to sell them when they reproduce to support me in any emergency situation. I will invest the remaining amount on my children's educational needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Being a livestock keeper, my mornings begins by milking my cows before taking them to herding. I spend the whole day herding till evening when I return home exhausted. It is in night that I relax my body and meet the rest of my family members. We usually share our day's experiences while narrating stories to each other which makes every member happy. Hence, night is the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Failure to meet my inner desire of expanding my livelihood due to the financial crisis has been the biggest hardship in my life. Currently, I have used most of my livestock to educate my children and to seek medical care for my firstborn child who is suffering from a stomach problem.