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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was around 9am. When I heard a ringtone message from my phone. I called my son to check it for me since I do not know how to read. It was a message confirming that I have received money from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy and overwhelmed with joy. I knew I would be in a position to build a better house. We went to withdrew the money the same day and planned on purchasing the building material.
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 have build a better house for my family. I live in a small grass thatched house. Whenever I have visitors there is no room for me to host them comfortably. This is so demoralizing and stressful. I depend on small scale farming and I have no other source of income. I have always wished to own a better house but this was not possible before. Currently the construction of a new house is on going. When the house is completely I will move in with my family members. We will no longer shy off to welcome visitors to our home. When my relative comes to visit me they will have a room to sleep. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has changed my living standard. It has enabled me to fulfilled my dreams of owning a better house.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent the money I received from GiveDirectly on purchasing building materials and started to build a better house for my family. The construction is still on going. I used to live in a small grass thatched house which was almost falling apart. I bought an ox at a cost of KES 20,00. I will sell to buy a dairy cow. The rest of the money I bought household items as food for the family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a better housing for me and my family. My current grass thatched house that doubles up as kitchen and bedroom, is too small. It also gets smoky and really hot especially when making meals which makes us uncomfortable. I would like to build an iron sheet house that will act as my bedroom, visitors room and sitting room. This will cost me about Ksh30,000. The remaining amount I'll purchase a dairy cow, since I currently do not have one. I buy milk at ksh 1000 per monthly which is quite costly considering we're peasant farmers with no other income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when I have completed my day's farm activities. At this time I get to rest and spend time with my husband talking and making plans. The biggest part of my typical day is spent at my small farm tending to my small scale crops.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Long ago I used to own several cows which came handy in milk production and selling them to pay school fees for my 12 children. With time they began dying of mysterious disease with lack of proper treatment, due to finances, until I was left with none. It's been years now living without a cow, forcing me to purchase milk which is quite costly. This also meant I lost a source of income. I, therefore, have to work extra hard or just survive. The biggest hardship is getting finances to start up again and being able to take care of them well.