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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The excitement that I had on receiving the message from GiveDirectly was immeasurable. I was with my daughter-in-law that morning who saw it first and since she was my helper, I could not doubt any information about the transfer coming from her. I don't need to see the message twice since I could not even read it, but had to celebrate receiving that confirmation from her. It was a coincidence that on the same day, iron sheet vendors moved around the village with a lorry and could deliver to the doorstep of any buyer. I had to withdraw the money, and with my helper, we managed to make our first buy with the plan of constructing a new house.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Even though I had a lot to accomplish after receiving the first transfer, the construction of a new house has given enough space for my children and grandchildren to live in. The clean house is so conducive for the young children and at least they enjoy the freedom of playing within the house and even find space where they can study every evening after school.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Living in a single small hut with my family of at least seven every day had never been easy even though I could not feel exactly how it was since I had no option. On receiving my first transfer, I managed to obtain construction materials that enabled me and my family to construct a new house. With KES32000 of the first transfer, I managed to purchase iron sheets, timber, frames, building posts, nails and also paid labor charges after constructing my new house to completion. On moving in, this is where it dawned to me that we had been suffering a lot in the small hut but could not tell for a long time. I also paid KES10000 school fees for my son currently in secondary schools whom I had been working hard to keep in school even though I have never had a sustainable source of income. I also managed to obtain clothing both for my children and also a pair for me and saved the remaining KES10000 that I later paid forward to the neighbor who had promised to sell me two goats.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means better housing for me. The current house I have is small and it acts both the kitchen and the bedroom. It gets quite smoky which is uncomfortable. This will cost me KES 50000. The rest of the amount I plan to purchase a cow which will cost me KES 30000
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when I'm done with most of the work. I get to rest. My days are usually spent in the farm
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship has been lack of funds. Being the only provider