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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in our daily life is the presence of a cow at the moment in our household which we keep a close watch as we anticipate to calf down so that we may enjoy the milk of our own.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
On receiving the the money we really waited long before the morning comes since we wanted to really withdraw and confirm if it was really real money. We changed the day's diet and did a great celebration for the family.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
We spend the first transfer we received in purchasing a cow with 26520 KES, a sack of maize with 2800 KES, added utensils worth 2600 KES, lighting device and also bought clothing for my family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
We are so exited about receiving this money. My husband and I are planning to use our first transfer to purchase a milking cow. Therefore receiving this money means our family can own a cow for the first time ever. We have always bought milk from a local vendor, which has been an expensive routine. This is is going to stop thanks to Give Directly. On the contrary we intend to sell the surplus milk to cater for other household needs.
We also plan to invest the remaining amount towards poultry farming.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening. Having accomplished the day's plans and brought food for my family gives me a sense of fulfillment.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Between 2015 and 2016, I was employed as a supermarket attendant in DANA Supermarket, Bomet town. My job included stock supervision and day to day customer engagement where necessary. I loved my job. My salary enabled me to support and raise my family. Around March 2016, I was stricken by tonsillitis and chest complications at the same time, depriving me the ability to efficiently do my job. I could not recover within my stipulated time off and was relieved of my duties. A job that I had so much hope for was abruptly ended with a short-term ordeal and I could not fend for my family as before. This is the biggest hardship I have faced in my life.