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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at my garden wedding with my vegetables when I heard a vibration from my phone. Upon checking, it was a message confirming a receipt of promised funds from Give directly. I was so happy and this gave me an assurance of initiating what we had planned.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the added heifer in my livestock. Though I am still incurring costs on buying milk, am hopeful that in a few months it will calf and produce milk hence reduction of the daily cost of milk. I am grateful for the achievements so far and am looking forward to the second transfer to do more.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon withdrawal of the first transfer, I spent Kshs, 27,000 in purchasing a heifer which is about to calf. My aim was to cut the daily high cost of buying milk from my neighborhood. I am excited that in a few months my family is going to enjoy surplus milk daily. We also purchased maize seeds and tilled our land at Kshs.3,000 ready for plantation. With the remaining amount, we managed to purchase a small water tank, clothing, and food. With all this, I am so grateful to God and Give directly for the support.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
When i get this money I will buy a dairy cow. I had one cow before but because of financial constraints I sold it to clear hospital bill for my child. I now depend on my son for milk but I feel like being independent since he also has a family to feed. A good dairy cow will cost around KES 20000. Sheep is also good for rearing since they give birth at least thrice a year hence increase faster. Sheep will be a source of income in future when I sell them. I need two of them costing KES 4000 each. The rest of the money will go to personal needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon. This is the time I rest from casual jobs and I have been payed. I am happy knowing I have money for my personal needs like food.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship is financial constraints. I depend mostly on casual jobs for money. Most casual jobs come from smearing people's houses which is also not constant. When i smear one metre of a house I am payed KES 200 which is insufficient to sustain my personal need.