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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was around 9am. I was on my farm cultivating. I had left my phone at home charging. I heard my neighbors celebrating that they have received the transfer from GiveDirectly. I rushed home to confirm if I have received the money. There was a message confirming that I have received money from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy because I have never received such amount of money before. I immediately inform my family members and they were happy too. We really celebrated that day. I knew I would be able to buy a dairy cow to cut the daily cost of buying milk. This was so costly for me. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has enabled us to own assets.
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 have purchased a dairy cow. I used to buy milk daily and this was so costly for me. I depend on casual jobs and small scale farming. The amount of money that I get through this is so small and it's only for household basic needs and school fees for my children. I had no extra money to buy a dairy cow. Sometimes when I do not have the money my children could not take the breakfast. This was so demoralizing and stressful. Currency I have a dairy cow and I get enough milk for the family. My children never missed the breakfast like before. I sell the surplus milk to earn an income to meet other household items. I have devoted much of my time on this amazing dairy project. I have hope that I will be able to improve this breed. I am so happy because I have a dairy cow.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 36,000 to purchase a dairy cow. I used to buy milk daily and this was so costly for me because I do not have a continuous source of income. Currently I have cut the cost. I paid school fees for my children in various school and they were able to study well without being sent home. I purchased some iron sheet waiting for the second transfer to start the construction process. I purchased a phone for my son who is yet to join college early next year. The rest of the money I bought food and clothes for my children. I am so grateful for the support because GiveDirectly has changed our living standards.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will mean a lot to me. I am a mother of four, two girls and two boys. Educating them has been a struggle since I used all the assets that I had to pay schools fees for them. I am hopeful that when I get the transfers, I will buy two cows with the first amount because I currently buy milk and spend KES 900 monthly which is costly to me. I will use the second amount to pay college fees for my son who completed his secondary education recently.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening because it is the time I get to rest after spending my day in the farm.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I can say that the biggest hardship I have faced is financial constraints. I have struggled with my meagre earnings to educate and feed my family. We sold some pieces of land and cows to educate our children leaving us with little land to cultivate. This in turn, affected our income and life generally but I am thankful that I got to give my children an education.