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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
While in the field at around 7am cutting some logs to prepare charcoals for sale, I received a message in my phone. I didn’t bother to know what the message was all about since I do not know how to read, thus preceded with my work till noon when I returned home. On reaching home, I asked one of the family members to check what the message was all about. The news I received was good news, I jumped up and down in happiness after the GiveDirectly transfer news was broken to my ears.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Initially, my charcoal business was hand to mouth and it wasn’t a guarantee. Sometimes my family and I had to sleep hungry. But since the day I received the GiveDirectly transfer, we have been having a good flow of food for the family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My house was leaking and I had bought a few iron sheets before, therefore I opted to increase the number of iron sheets so that I can renovate my house. I bought 10 pieces for KES 8000.00 and some roofing timbers for KES 4200.00. Thereafter, I bought a standard bed and a mattress for KES 11800.00. I also paid KES 2000.00 school fees for my five children who are in primary school. I reserved the remaining amount for the family upkeep.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
As a mother, seeing my children sleep on the earthy floor as I enjoy the comfort of a bed and mattress, pains me a lot. My ambition is to purchase the same for them so that they can be comfortable too. This will cost me approximately KES 10,000. Another KES 30,000 will go into constructing a decent shelter for them as well while the rest of the transfer size will help me invest in livestock for future financial needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Most mornings, my children have to go to school hungry unlike in the afternoon when I come back from my casual jobs and we can all enjoy a hearty meal. This makes it the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Domestic violence saw me separate from my estranged husband 2 years ago. Thereafter, I had to bear the sole responsibility of raising my 6 children by engaging in charcoal production that gives me at most KES 1800 in 2 weeks. This money is barely enough for food. My eldest child did not get the privilege of going to school because of all these challenges. He now does casual jobs to supplement the family income. My biggest hardship is therefore lack of sufficient income for food, water, education and other basic needs.