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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was taking lunch at work when my phone beeped. I was very happy when I saw that it was the GiveDirectly transfer and I immediately called my husband to tell him about it. He was so excited that he even wanted us to go buy more items for the business at that time but I convinced him that we could go the next day.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My customers used to ask for some spares and I did not have them. When I received the transfer, I decided to buy those things that were not available in my shop and were on high demand. Right now am happy that my business has expanded and my customers get everything they want from my shop.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I bought more things for a business that I have where I sell motorcycle spares and bought clothes, mattress and a few utensils for my household.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am running a small business currently where am selling household goods to my neighbors for a small profit from my main house. I started this business with USD. 10 which I got from my husband. Initially we were relying so much on his income which was not enough to take care of the family. With these transfers I'd like to build a small shop outside my compound so that it can be easily accessible to my customers and also stock it with a variety of products. With that I would have helped my neighbors to access household goods at a nearby location while at the same time my profits will rise.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I usually wake up at 5 a.m in the morning to open my gate for customers who come to purchase goods from my business. Then around 9 a.m I rush to the market to get products for my business then I return by 11 a.m. The happiest part of my day then comes at around midday since by this time I'm done with the most challenging things I have to do for my business to continue.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I faced the biggest hardship in my life between the years 2009 and 2016 because then my husband did not have any income and at the same time we did not have land to cultivate. We couldn't afford to feed our children and we depended on our neighbors to give us food. Sometimes we could sleep hungry and our health was really affected.