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I spent most of my second transfer on paying for medication for my spouse who had was seriously sick even at the time of registration. I am so glad that we have managed to get services from various hospitals which I am sure I would not have afforded on my own and my spouse would be no more today. Other than the medication, I have spared half the transfer that we planned to use in renovating our house once the patient is fully recovered.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the assurance I have found that my spouse will recover and get back to his normal condition.
10000 KES ($97 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the larger part of my first transfer on buying 10 pieces of cushions for my chairs 5000 KES .I paid school fees for my nephew who is an orphan 1500 KES. I also bought a half bag of maize for my family's consumption 3500 KES.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was along the road hawking some goods as this has been my source of income and a verification message popped on my cell phone that showed GiveDirectly had sent my first transfer, I felt very happy since before I was doubtful that GiveDirectly was would sent the money as all were hearsay but truly it really met it word by fulfilling its promise on time as it had stated.
access_time 10 months ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship as at now is feeding and carting for other family expenses.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the morning. Its a blessing to see a brand new day so I'm always very happy during this time.
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money has brought me joy. I have been meaning to cement my house but due to lack of money, I have not been able to. With this money coming my way, I am planning to cement my house, start up a small business of my own as fishing is seasonal to help boost my family's income. Lastly I will spend it on my children's fees which has been a big concern to me.