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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was about 10:30 am when I was on my farm digging awaiting for the long rain to commence, I always plant maize for my family consumption. I heard a message notifications on my phone and upon checking I realized that it was the transfer GiveDirectly promised due to send us during enrollment. I felt very happy for receiving my transfer, I had to complete what I was doing then I went home to inform my wife. She was overwhelming with joy for the good news. We spent the whole day planning on how best to use our transfer before withdrawing it the next day.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am currently living a better life after starting goats rearing a reliable source of livelihood for the family. This is my future investment since I will be able to sell some to cater for any financial emergency that might arise. Previously, I was struggling to meet the needs of my family like food by doing temporary casual activities which earns me low income. I had nothing to depend on whenever I face any challenge like sickness something that make our lives miserable.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 15,000 to start a goats rearing by purchasing 5 goats this is a reliable source of income for the family. This activity is very profitable since they normally give birth two times a year. I will be able to sale some whenever I encounter any financial challenge in my life. I also spend KES 13,000 to purchase proper modern beddings for the family, I acquired a mattress and a modern bed. Previously, I was using traditional tread bed which spoils more often something that requires maintenance very often which is relatively costly. Similarly, I was using sacks as beddings which was not comfortable to sleep on, this brought a lot of embarrassment particularly when I receive important visitors. I also used KES 7000 to educate my sister who was joining a tailoring college, she had completed lower school but she lacked the finances to further her studies. I saved the remaining amount awaiting for the second transfer to acquire a motorbike to start a taxi work as a part-time taxi driver.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means starting a business ( retail shop). This has been my longing but due to financial constraints, this dream has never come to pass. I am budgeting to spend 80,000 Kenya shillings to investing the business which is going to generate income for my family of 3 members. Approximately, in a day I can make a profit of 500 shillings which is enough to cater to all my needs such as food, and also remain with some amount which I can save for my child's future education. Other than that, I spend the remaining amount to purchase livestock such as goats.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is my happiest part of the day, mainly because I can go to town and look for jobs with the hope of succeeding for me to be able to provide for my family needs such as food. This is different from evening when I can not work.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of a good source of income is my biggest challenge. I work as a part-time taxi driver but it is not guaranteed because I depend on other people's taxis. In a day I make 200 Kenya shillings which are not enough to sustain all my needs such as food.