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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have built a better hand spacious house for my family. I used to live in a small mud house which was leaking from the inside. It was a big problem during the rainy season because it was leaking from the inside, We used to stay in one corner of the house where it was not leaking until when the rain was over. I feared to welcome visitors to my house because the house was in bad condition. There was no space and no seats. At times when I had my siblings, I used to make a tent outside the house to host them there as we discuss family issues. Currently, I have a better and spacious house. I no longer fear to welcome visitors to my house and We are no longer exposed to cold. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has completely changed my living standards from grass-thatched house to an iron sheet roofed house.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt very happy the moment I received GiveDirectly transfers. I heard my phone ring and it was a message notification. It was quite unusual for my phone to ring especially at such times of the night. I quickly checked to confirm the contents of the message and I was quite amused when I saw that I had received some good amount of money from GiveDirectly. I was happy because there and then I knew that my dream of building a bigger, better house would now be a reality. My children too were very happy since they had known how hard I worked to make extra income that would allow me to build a new house but always unsuccessful.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of my first transfer to build a better and more spacious house for my beloved family. For a long time, we had lived in a small grass-thatched house and this often made me feel like I had failed in my primary responsibilities of providing the basic needs like shelter. I also used part of the transfer to pay school fees for my son who is in college and the rest of the money was used to buy food for the family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have always desired to practice dairy farming for long, an activity that is resourceful in our locality since the climatic condition around this place favours livestock keeping. I will therefore buy two dairy cattle which will boost my financial status as a widow who depends on her children for upkeep. I will then build myself a new kitchen since the one i have is too old and leaks in water whenever it rains. The remaining part of my transfer will go to buying furniture and new beddings, thanks to GD.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evening is the happiest part of my day since its the time i get to rest and relax after having a long day engaging in tedious activity of fetching firewood in the forest during daytime which i usually sell in a nearby secondary school at the end of the day before heading back home
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
After the demise of my husband 17 years ago, Life has been a struggle to me. He left me with six children who were still too young by then. I've struggled alot to meet their needs more so education . Ive sold a larger part of my land which i used to farm initially to pay their school fees. I even ended up engaging in selling illicit brew which landed me in trouble severally times after being arrested by the authorities. The struggle continues since my four children are still in school, two of them in the university and two in secondary school. For me this is the biggest hardship i have faced