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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I can still remember vividly it was around 2 in the afternoon when I was taking lunch with my family then I heard a message notification on my mobile phone. I decided to check who might have sent the message at such an hour. On checking I confirmed that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. They had debited my first transfer as promised. I felt so happy together with my family and started celebrating.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that k I now own dairy cows and goats. I am so hopeful and happier because the dairy cow will be of great help especially for my children who are still in school. I am optimistic that in some months to come, I will be selling plenty of milk and save money for my children's school fees and other household needs. In addition to that, my children will be getting milk for free and this will be a surplus to their daily meals. I am so grateful to GiveDirectly for financial support.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying livestock which includes 3 dairy cows and goats worthy of KES 46000. It has been my desire to keep them but I could not afford it because they were too costly. I also spent a portion of the money I paid school fees for my children who are still in primary school. With the remaining amount of money I bought enough foodrygfsfor my children
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
It is the desire of every parent to sufficiently provide for their children. Unfortunately due to life's circumstances I still struggle to offer even the basic of needs to my children.As at now my children often have to spend the night in a neighbour's house because mine is too small to accommodate all of us.Receiving this money means I will be able to build a spacious house for my children using 55,000 Kenya shillings.With the remaining amount I will spend 30,000 Kenya shillings to purchase ten goats and the rest will be used for food and clothing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I spend the better part of my day doing charcoal trading and therefore a lot of hours are spent away from my children. It is in the evening when I get to spend time with them making it the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
In 2014 we discovered that my daughter had a tumor in her heart. In efforts to seek treatment for her we had to sell everything that we had and even seek for more from well wishers in order to sponsor her treatment in India. To date,I have not recovered financially making it the biggest hardship I have ever faced in my life.