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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My daily life has drastically changed since I no longer depend on my children to give me money to use in buying food and milk anymore as I used before. I was able to be independent after buying my dairy cow which has enabled me to sell some milk and use the money to purchase what I need and this makes me so happy.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 10.00 am in the morning as I was relaxing when my son came to me and inquired if I had received the money promised to us by GiveDirectly since most people in the village had gotten theirs. I then requested him to check it for me since I did not know how to. After confirming that I had also received, I was so happy and I immediately started singing praising God for His blessings unto my family and the entire village since I knew that its through this money that my life was going to change.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have been buying milk on a daily basis and this is expensive owing to the fact that I do not have an income and have always depended on what my children give to me. Whenever I do not have money to buy milk, I was forced to take porridge prepared from white maize flour and it's of low nutritional quality. When I received my first transfers, I decided to use part of it to buy a dairy cow so that I would relieve my children the burden of having to give me money to use in buying milk almost every day. Since I did not have some seats in my living room, I used part of the remaining amount of my transfers to purchase some seats. This will always make me more comfortable welcoming visitors into my home unlike before. I also used the remaining amount in the purchase of a water tank so as to use it to store water during rainy season.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
This money will significantly help me and my family - it means that my grandchild (whom I have been solely educating) will definitly complete his college studies.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is at the dawn when I wake up feeling healthy and strong. This motivates me for the rest of the day, and I return all the glory to God.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
About 20 years ago, I lost my husband. Accordingly, I never imagined I could manage to sustain my family - it seemed that the world was coming to and end because he (my husband) was the primary breadwinner. Luckily, God has been on my side - I have managed to fend for my family since then. Hence, the lose of my husband serves as the biggest challenge I have faced in life.