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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my transfer, I was at home executing my normal duties when I heard of a message notification, when I checked I confirmed to have received a KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly,I shared the good news with my family,they too were happy and grateful.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is that I am now relaxed because I comfortably cleared my Son's school fees without selling any of our properties, I also started a small business by rearing goats therefore, I am hopeful that in future I will have a reliable source of income, May God bless all our donors and GiveDirectly, I am so grateful for the support.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
School fees have always been my biggest challenge, I want my children to have a better life, therefore; the only way is to make sure they get a good quality education, when I received my transfer my priority was to pay for my son's school fees of KES 20,000, the I about goats worth KES 15,000 to start a poultry keeping project.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My last born daughter in secondary school is joining form 2 in a few months time. Receiving this money is an huge burden lifted, as her father who used to finance her education passed on a few months ago. I am planning to use about $200 to pay for one full year school fees upfront.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am a small poultry farmer. This is a livelihood that has sustained my basic needs since my husband died some months ago. During the day, among other duties, I spend my time feeding my poultry and cleaning their house –which is the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
When my husband of more than 30 years died in August last year, I was rendered a hopeless widow with no job nor a source of income. My husband, a retired teacher was the full breadwinner of the family and responsible for the education of our children and putting food on the table. After his demise, I sold our only cow to pay school fees for my daughter to join a nearby secondary school as a border. My biggest worry was that she will soon become a day scholar due to lack of sufficient funds, thus compromising on the quality of her education.