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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was an exciting moment receiving my first transfer. I was home with my wife when I received a notification message on my phone and on checking it, we were so happy that we could not control our joy but had to thank God for answering our prayers after a long spell of financial challenges. For the better part of that day, excitement overrun our daily schedule as we took most of the time confirming the plans we had in place as we make some adjustments to the budget based on the immediate costs of all that we needed.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life after receiving the first transfer is the availability of clean water after several days of heavy rains. I had been able to collect a lot as I directed all the rainwater from the roofs to the tank strategically placed at my doorstep. I am glad that the money I had been paying to be supplied with some liters of water can now be spent to serve other household needs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After receiving the first transfer, I spent KES19000 on obtaining a water tank to help reduce the frequent visits I had been making to and from the river. This had been useful in the collection of rainwater from the roof both for our home use and also for the livestock. I also spent KES20000 on obtaining a heifer to add to the other lactating cow I had been having. I am hoping to soon increase milk production that has been of great help in sorting most household bills whenever sold. With the remaining KES 15000, I paid school fees for my lastborn son who is currently in college. Together with the two of us, we are currently a family of three, and we are working hard to ensure that he gets enough resources to complete his college studies.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
We rely on subsistence farming in order to meet our needs. I would love to add a cow to my herd in order to boost milk production for sale. I will use 300 dollars to purchase it. I will buy a water tank for 20 dollars since we get water from far and my wife is not able to fetch water because of her age. I will use 150 dollars to pay college fee for my younger son.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is in the afternoon because I get to rest after coming from the farm and have had something to eat.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Old age comes with a lot of things. We cannot produce a lot from our farm because the labor is low. This has affected our income and the amount of food used to feed us. Finding manual labor is a hard task because we do not have money to pay for it.