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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I received from my first transfers from Give Directly, I felt so happy as I had never gotten such an amount of money before. I knew that the burden which I had about paying school fees, buying food and others would be eased.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that now, I do not have debt burden like before. Before I would borrow money to pay school fees for my children and to buy food for my family but now that burden has been sorted out with the transfers which i received. I used the money on paying school fees for my child in a secondary school. I would have had a huge difficulty in paying school fees since I rely on menial jobs. Also we have enough stock of food which would take us for some months as I look for more money to buy some.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The first transfer which I received from GD, I spent on buying two sacks of maize for consumptions as we had little food. The other portion, I spent on paying school fees for my children who had stayed at home due to lack of money for paying school fees.I also bought a solar panel that is providing lighting for my household. I am spending the remaining amount to buy some foodstuffs and paying for other household expenses.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
An additional ksh150 daily after buying one dairy cow for milking when i get my transfer, as well as buying 7 sheep as a store of wealth to be sold when my children who are currently in primary school joins high school is what receiving this money means to me. I will then use the remaining part of my transfer to buy food for family consumption and household furniture.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My usual day entails engaging in my small business of buying milk from households in the village and selling them to the middle men who then transport them to sell in towns. This is the time i am most busy and also happy since its the time i interract and chat with my neighbours to know how everyone is faring on
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Imagine a family of 5 having only 0.2 acres of land for cultivation. The yields i get every harvest seasons have never been sufficient to take us through the next harvests, more so now that land unproductivity as a result of unpredictable rainfall patterns is high in this region. This is the biggest hardship we face in my family