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My house is very small and it can not accommodate us and this has forced my 2 children to seek shelter from my neighbor something that has ashamed me for a long time. When I heard about the arrival of GiveDirectly to our village, my hopes of owning a spacious iron-roofed house got renewed and I am now confident that soon this dream will materialize. My intention once I receive this money is to spend utmost $350 l to construct the house and the remaining amount of the first transfer to cater for beddings. With the second transfer, I plan to buy oxen at $300 to upscale my farming and I will also get 5 goats at $20 each. All this will change my life for the better, a transformation that I have wished for a long time.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Considering the nature of my jobs which require me to spend much of the morning and afternoon time at the bush, I always feel tired and weak. It's only in the evening when I am back home that I get ample time to relax and share a meal with my children. Hence, evening becomes the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Charcoal burning and aloe vera extraction are the only sources of income that I have known in my life. Considering the nature of these jobs being tiresome, their income is also very low and it can not fully support my family's basic needs. Therefore, the lack of a reliable source of income becomes the biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life.