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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
My daughter had my phone the day the transfer was sent thus I was clueless of any news until in the afternoon when she visited me. I was overjoyed the moment she broke the good news to me. I knew this was going to change my life as I had always dreamt of.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I had been lucky I had built a semi-permanent house with the help of my children. Living in this house has always been my happiness, however, the continuous degeneration has made it lose its beauty. It has been hard for me to renovate it due to my limited resources and the children I depend on having the burden of their respective families. When I received my first transfer, I used part of it to renovate and paint my house. This is the biggest difference in my life since I live in a comfortable and decent house. I thank GiveDirectly since It wasn't for them I wouldn't be in such a beautiful house and enjoy its comfort.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I depend on farming for my household needs and other financial needs. To improve my farming I used KES13000 to buy two sheep, seeds and on land preparation. I chose this since sheep are living assets that I will depend on in my future and the crops will give me a good yield for my family consumption thus I have food security. I took another KES8200 to spent on house renovation and furniture. I am glad I currently live in a decent house which fully furnished courtesy of GiveDirectly. The remaining amount of money I spent on my personal and daily household needs.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have been a subsistence farmer since when I was a young woman. The land that I am doing the farming activities from currently was given to me by my parents but it is too small. This has always limited my desire to expand my farming activities to plant a variety of crops which can earn an income for me when I sell surplus produce. This transfers will help me buy a small piece of land where I can expand the farming activities.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning because it is at this time that I am able to plan my day and know what I can do to get some food for that day. This will avoid end of day challenges of going to borrow maize flour from my neighbors who are sometimes not willing to share.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am currently suffering from hyperpigmentation of the skin around my cheeks. This condition started two years ago and having spent USD. 50 in hospital seeking treatment, I was not cured. I have been having sleepless nights since my face is so itchy at night but I believe if I can find a skin specialist I'll be cured. This has so far been the biggest hardship of my life.