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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I can still remember vividly just like yesterday, It was around 6 AM when I heard my phone started vibrating loudly. I was a bit nervous and I decided to check its content. Upon checking, I realized it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly, they had debited my first transfer as they had promised during the enrollment stage. I felt so happy knowing all my drams are now achievable.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the fact that I am now a proud owner of a dairy cow. I have been aspiring to own it for a couple of years but I could not afford it. I am optimistic that in a few months to come, the dairy cows will be producing plenty of milk which will be specifically for commercial purposes and the remaining few liters will be for my family's consumption. I will save the money that I will be earning from the sale of milk will use it in facing any financial difficulties that I may have.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on some building materials such as building poles, iron sheets, nails, and timber. This was for the construction of a new house since the previous one was very small and in a critical condition. Also, I bought a dairy cow as my living asset that I can depend on just in case of any financial difficulties. The remaining amount I bought enough foodstuffs for my family and some other household items.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means an extra reliable source of income for my family. Currently, our source of income is majorly from my husband's work as a shopkeeper. His earnings are never enough to support the needs of our family and in most cases, we miss our basic needs like food, proper clothing, beddings, and school fees. My thinking was that I start a kiosk using utmost 300 dollars, whereby I can sell some foodstuffs to earn an extra income. I am also intending to invest in livestock keeping whereby I plan to buy 2 indigenous dairy cows plus 10 goats using an estimated total cost of 600 dollars. This will give me an automatic change of my life, a transformation that I have long wished.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Waking up in the morning with the mind of going to the farm sometimes gives me boredom because this work drains much of my energy. Unlike in the afternoon when I am back at home relaxing, a moment that I take most to talk with my husband through a phone call. Therefore, the afternoon becomes the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being a housewife is something that has really robbed away my joy. This is because I am always idle at home despite having the desire to engage myself in an income-generating activity. Therefore, I am forced to depend on my husband who is a shopkeeper and his income is very low and sometimes he misses his pay from the employer. It has made our life so difficult and I am always feeling that lack of a reliable source of income is my biggest hardship in life.