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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was morning hours and my wife and I were busy farming on the farm. Suddenly, I heard my phone which was in my pocket ringing notifying me of a new message. I stopped to check what it was all about and I could not believe my eyes when I saw that it was an SMS telling me that I had received KES 55000 from GiveDirectly. I was so excited on seeing this and I called my wife to come have a look at the SMS which was bearing good news. She was so happy too that we couldn't continue with the work that we were doing. We talked about how the money is going to change our lives as we headed back home.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The transfer has brought a very big difference in my life and that of my family. I was able to buy food and other household goods that are going to last my family for three months. With this, I have been able to relax a little bit because I no longer worry about what they are going to eat over lunch whenever I am out working. I have thus been able to save the money that I get from the casual jobs. Thank you so much GiveDirectly for the great help.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
We spent most of the money that we got from GiveDirectly on buying land. I have been living together with my family in a house which was given to us by my grandmother. Living there has not been easy due to the frequent family wrangles caused by my uncles who do not want us to live there. This thus made us to have that desire to move out from the place. Although we have always wished to move out, we have not been in a position to due to lack of money. I depend on any casual job that comes up to earn a living. My wife on the other hand is not able to work because she underwent an operation and she is hence not able to do heavy work. I am hence the breadwinner of the family. I get paid approximately KES 600 per day and from this money, I spend most of it on the purchase of food and clothing for my children. The money has thus not been enough to save up to use on other developments.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will mean a lot. We have seen what people have done with the grants they received from GiveDirectly and I was very elated when you visited me. I plan to buy a piece of land with KES 25,000 from the transfer because that has been my greatest desire. I plan to build a house with KES 25,000 and buy a cow with KES 35,000 because I have none of my own.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening because I feel that the work that I did during the day was not in vain and that I have provided food for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The reason as to why I want to buy a piece of land far from my home is because of the disagreement my mother has with my wife. My wife has undergone so much tribulation by living next to my mother. This has been a challenge and I fear that one day my wife will decide to go back home and leave me alone. I desire to have a stable family and therefore buying a piece of land somewhere will be of great help.