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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 9 AM when I was from the dam with my daughter then my phone started vibrating. I opted to ignore it since I had a jerrican on my back which was tiring. However, after arriving home, I asked one of my children, to confirm what the notification was all about. On checking, he realized that it was the Mpesa message that I had anxiously been waiting for. I honestly couldn't contain my joy becasue I knew at long last I will sleep in a better shelter.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
For all those years I have been sheltering under a small temporary hut with a very old roof. I have been aspiring to construct a modern one but because of financial difficulties could not afford to purchase the necessary materials. Being a widow and a family breadwinner has not been easy at all. I have been straining to make ends meet which was not attainable most of the days. Therefore having a spacious house would take years for me to accomplish this goal. For all that time some of my children had to seek shelter from their friends since they are adults and they needed privacy as well. Also according to my culture, it is taboo to share a room with your children who are mature. This situation frustrated me alt as the parent but then I had no option. I am happy and proud own because I managed to construct a decent spacious house that can accommodate all my children and even host a visitor and I feel it makes the biggest difference in my daily life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials which include iron sheets, building poles, nails, timber, and threads. This was purposely for the construction of a new house becasue the previous one was a temporary hut with old roofing and very small. With a family of four, it couldn't accommodate us all and they had to seek shelter from friends and relatives. I also paid the mason KES 9000 as his labor charge. Also, I cleared school fees fr my children who are in primary school ad they are now studying peacefully unlike before. With the remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuff for the family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My longing has been to build a spacious house for my family of 4 members because the current one can not accommodate all of us. Thus forcing my 2 boys to seek shelter from my neighbor's house something that I feel is unworthy. Receiving this money signifies composure. I am planning to spend 70,000 shillings to construct a semi-permanent house so that my children can stay comfortable. Also, I can monitor them with a lot of ease at night. Other than that, I will use the remaining transfer to clear school arrears for my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Waking up early and energetic excites me because I can work and provide for my family's basic needs such as food. Thus, morning is my happiest part of the day. Different from evening when I am tired.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being the only breadwinner in a family who depends on charcoal burning has not been easy. This job earns me 450 Kenya shillings in a week which is not guaranteed, sometimes I fail to sustain all the basic needs such as food. Therefore, lack of a reliable source of income is my biggest hardship.