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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving payments from GiveDirectly is that I used to live in my grandmother's house which had been abandoned and it was almost falling down. During the night I couldn't sleep well because it was very cold. My parent could not afford to build a house for me because they were struggling to raise money to pay school fees for my other siblings in college and secondary school. I have bought twelve iron sheet and I'm planning on building a better house where I would sleep well and even settle down well without having to move to a grandmother's place.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I expect my life to change in the next six month in that I will have started a business of buying and selling goats, I will use the profit to buy a dairy cow and this will enable me and my family to cut the cost of buying milk.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from how it would have been had I never received the transfer is that now I have good clothes and shoes to were before I use to walk bare food because I could not afford to buy one.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
The new goals that I have now are; to build my own house which was not possible before because of lack of income and also to start a business to earn an income to meet additional needs.
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What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Building my own house has the biggest hardship I have faced in life. The output from the small land is not enough to sustain my own needs and the needs of the family. The little we get from the land is used to educate my siblings and I end up being left with nothing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening since it is the only time I have with my family discussing how their day was. I feel good seeing them happy and healthy.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on leasing another land and plant crops such as beans, onions and maize since they do well in our region.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The greatest achievement that i am proudest of is the fact that I have managed to increase the size of land under cultivation. There has been a section of our land which has been lying idle and I saw the need to plant more crops such as maize, beans and onion in order to sustain our family. My hardwork in the farm has paid since I have managed to increase the output and my family is happy.