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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was from the shamba when I heard neighbours saying that they were grateful. I was wondering why they were saying so until I got to the house and I saw a transfer message. It was GiveDirectly transfer and I was very happy.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I am very happy that my son who has been at home due to lack of school fees to go to college is finally in school because of GiveDirectly. I am also happy that GiveDirectly came through for me at a time when access to food had become hard for me.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
We bought food and clothes for our family. We also paid school fees for my son who had done well in secondary school but we did not have money to take him to college.
access_time 3 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have a child who is joining university this year to pursue his dream course. Unfortunately, we have not managed to raise the needed fees due to the absence of a reliable source of income in our household. My husband usually attains a meager income from his casual jobs. Also, I am just a peasant farmer. Hence, receiving this money means that our son shall join the university since we will afford to raise the required fees.
What is the happiest part of your day?
As a housewife and peasant farmer, I am busy almost throughout the day. Hence, the happiest part of my day is in the evening when I have completed my tasks. This signifies my utmost responsibility as a parent.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
When I was newly married, we used to depend solely on my husband's reasonable income. However, he chose early retirement in the year 2004. Unfortunately, he squandered his retirement benefits. Currently, we are struggling to make ends meet. Also, my husband has never secured any other job. Hence, my husband's misuse of his funds serves as the biggest hardship we have faced.