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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It wasn't a surprise for me when I received a message from GiveDirectly that confirmed the receipt of the first transfer since I had been anticipating and it came within the range of dates given during enrollment. I felt good as we had been making plans on how best we will spend with my family, and had to immediately inform other family members. We had all plans in place and had to just finalize the arrangements and withdraw the money on the following day before making my first purchase.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the purchase of the two heifers that are have given me hope of increased production of milk in the future. Even though the production is low at the moment since I am dependent on only one cow, I am still glad that we are not buying milk as we used to do in the past. This will also give us a chance to sort other household bills using the money income from milk - a project that I had been hoping to capitalize on for a long time.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Even though I had been living just with my grandchild in my household for over two years now, life has never been that easier still since my age could not facilitate the required agility to do all that a parent could do to provide for the family. On receiving this transfer, I invested heavily in livestock after buying two heifers each at KES16000. I had been having a lactating dairy cow but had been providing just enough milk for the household in most cases but needed more breeds that would produce extra liters for sale. The two heifers I bought are good breeds - potentially prolific producers of milk - that can help me in the future. I also spent KES 4500 in farm operations and KES2000 on buying certified seeds and other farm inputs that I just planted on my piece of land. I also obtained more foodstuff as we had already exhausted the maize we had in the store. I spent KEs2700 on buying an extra sack of dry maize grains and used the remaining on buying clothing both for my grandchild and mine and also other household goods. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for this great support and I have great hope to do a lot when I receive the second transfer.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a healthy life for myself. My greatest desire has been to own a dairy cow for milk production. I have been buying milk Daily at KES 40 to feed my family. This has been draining me financially and I depend only on casual jobs with my age I rarely get opportunity to do casual jobs. When I receive this money, I will use KES 40,000 to buy a dairy cow. The cow I will buy will give me roughly 15 liter's of milk a day, therefore I'll get enough milk for family use and surplus will sell to earn income. I will use the rest of the transfers to build 3 bedroom iron sheet roofed house .
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evening is the happiest part of my day, this is the time I get a chance to rest after a tiresome day and thank God for what I have done in the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is lack of finance. I have children in school yet I can not pay for their school fees. Depending on casual jobs that pays KES 250 a day at my old age is very hard. A times I do not get opportunity to work since people look at my age. This made me to struggle and i cannot meet my family needs evey day.