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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was late in the afternoon when I received my transfers, I couldn't wait any longer to go and withdrew the money and buy the building materials. I changed my clothes and went straight to a nearby shopping center to purchase the building materials. I was so excited that I would soon have my dream house.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Before, I didn't have the courage to invite guests to my home due to the state of our house. It had leaking roof and was not good to live in but we had no other option then. I am now glad that GiveDirectly has changed my story and now I am confident that whenever I got some visitors, they have a comfortable place to stay. Again, I see myself in the same level with my fellow villagers in that I got a ironed roofed house which I couldn't afford to build on my own anytime soon.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When GiveDirectly came to our village to enroll us to the program, I saw it was a new dawn for us. I have been working extra to provide for my family but it was never enough to save to build a better house. When I got my first transfers, I spent KES 45000 on purchasing ironsheets, nails, timber and building posts for house construction. Now I got a two room house which is complete and we recently moved in. We are no longer rained on like it use to be with our previous house which had leaking roof. The remaining portion of approximately KES 9500, I spent on paying school fees for my five children who are in school.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
It means I will build a house for my family, I have 5 children and we live in this small hut together with my wife.It has become very embarrassing to live in the same room with my teenage daughters. So when I get the money from givedirectly I will build another house for my wife and myself.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I have completed my daily duties and accomplished all tusks planned for the day
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life is not been able to support my family financially, I have not been able to build a house for my children, I always struggle to pay their school fees and that has been my priority.