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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was on the farm tilling my land in preparation for the planting season when my phone vibrated. I fished it out to know who would have sent me a message at that time. Upon reading it, I became so happy as it was a Mpesa message indicating that I had received funds from GiveDirectly and immediately informed my spouse who was with me.
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 now have some investments that I can rely on in educating my children. I am a subsistence farmer and sometimes getting money to use in paying school fees is difficult. Due to this, owning some goats is advantageous since apart from increasing in number over a short period of time, they can easily be converted to cash. I will be selling one when faced with financial challenges after exhausting all possible means.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Investing in my children through education has been my aim as a parent as I would love to see them succeed in life. Due to this, I spent KES 13000 from my transfer to pay school fees for my son who had just joined high school. I settled on this so that he would have enough time to concentrate on his studies without being sent back home. Also, I spent KES 25000 to build a house for my children since the one they had was grass thatched and termites usually feed on the grass and due to this, one is supposed to change the roof at least once a year to avoid it from leaking. In addition, I bought two goats worth KES 10000 as an investment that I can rely on when I have no money and my children are out of school due to a lack of school fees. Using the remaining KES 6000, I bought some seat cushions and food for my family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a business person and my job is to buy and sell cows and goats in the market, I have always been struggling to increase my stock since it will improve my profit margin. What I get from my small business we spend the entire money for the up keep and pay school fees for my children hence not achieving my dream of doing dairy farming.
From the transfers I plan to use 500 dollars to increase my stock and 400 dollars to buy two dairy cows which will then help me to supply milk locally.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part is in the evening, this is when I wake up and go to the market to look for the stock that I will sell, I love doing it and in the morning I get calls and people ask me to buy their animals,hence my happiest day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being a business person of selling goats and cattle what I usually get is not enough for us, I really struggle to pay school fees and feed my family.