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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Being illiterate, I did not realize I had received the transfer until 7 pm when my helper arrived home from his daily work. He use to come to the house every evening to check my phone as well as train me on how to operate it. Also, he would inform me of any important message or calls received. I felt extremely happy for when he told me that I had received the transfer from GiveDirectly. I had eagerly waited for the transfer to transform my life for the better.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am living a happy life and optimistic that my family will have a better shelter very soon once I complete the construction of my new house. Previously, I was struggling to support the needs of the family especially providing a decent shelter. My charcoal vending job earns me KES 200 per day which was not enough to feed them as well as catering for other needs. This forced me to stay in the poor condition house something that lowered my self-esteem since I was always receiving constant mocking from the neighbours.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My desire has been to construct a decent shelter for the family. This is because my house collapse 3 years ago and I was forced to move to the kitchen which was very small and leaks during the rains season. In addition, the smoke from the cooking point affecting my health since I was often receiving chest problem treatment. I spent KES 28,000 to purchase building materials including 22 iron sheets, 80 buildings poles, nails and timbers. I also set aside KES 6500 for payment of labor charges. I used spent KES 2000 to clear the fee arrears for my two children who are still in primary school. They had been sent home due to school fees balance the same day I withdraw the transfer. I invested the remaining amount goats rearing by purchasing one goat. Lastly, I bought enough food for the family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
For the past 3 years I have never had a house to call my own. This was after mine collapsed and I have never been able to build another. I don't have the capacity to as I depend on casual jobs such as burning charcoal, harvesting aloe Vera gel and sisal reeds. My spouse has been away for years due to some strange illness thus making me the sole bread winner. I am forced to find shelter in mother in law's house together with my 2 children. Receiving this money therefore means restoration of my dignity as I will be able to construct a new house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is the evening when I'm resting. I enjoy this time after a day of hard work as it gives me a chance to regain my energy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being the sole provider of my family, financial constraint is my biggest hardship. The odd jobs I do earn me less than 1000 shillings a month. This amount is supposed to cater for all our needs as well as support my sick husband. It is quite draining to take care of this family single handedly. I also suffer from fibroids and sometimes it limits me from undertaking heavy duties.