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55000 KES ($515 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I received my first transfers, I felt so happy as what I had been promised had just been fulfilled. I felt so happy about what I had just received as we had been promised that the money was unconditional and I had big plans for it. I knew that all shall come to pass.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is that now I got tap water at my doorstep. Nowadays, I do not waste much time going to the river to fetch water for domestic use. Also the food which I bought is enough to take us until the next harvest season. I am happy that I got all these as a result of Give Directly's transfers as I had no finances to implement it before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used part of my transfer to buy water pipes. I have been walking for a long distance to fetch water for household and livestock use. I am now happy since I no longer walk for a long distance as I have tap water at my homestead. I also bought three bags of maize for my family since I have been buying maize flour and at times we could have little food to eat when my husband did not have money. The remaining amount, I spent on buying clothes for my children and a chain link wire for poultry house construction.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Our major problem right now is water. Even though the nearest source of water is approximately 100 metres, it is in someone else land and I feel I am encroaching on somebody's property. I am now yearning to have clean and reliable tapped water in our compound. I am planning to use approximately $250 of my transfer to buy and connect water pipes in the compound from my neighbors place since it a communal water.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening since this is the only free time I have to rest and connect with my family. Since I am a trained teacher, I was employed to teach in a nearby local Primary School before being posted by government. My day starts early in the morning after my 2 School going children have left for school. This is the time my husband and I set for school since we are both teachers but in different Schools. I normally arrive home from school at around 5 pm and get directly to my household chores such as washing utensils and preparing supper. It is after accomplishing my household chores is when I feel relieved and connect with the rest of the family on how their day was.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of water has been the biggest challenge in my life. I feel inappropriate to encroach on somebody's compound to get water since he worked hard and managed to connect water to his compound. This has been our source of water since I came to this house, approximately 7 months ago. I feel the entry of Give Directly to this village is a sigh of relieve on our side owing to the fact that we will be able to have reliable source of water.