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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the ability to raise school for my child with a lot of ease. I am so happy that I was able to let my child smoothly proceed to form four without any fee issue. It has always been a big problem for my husband and I to raise school fee for our children since I always stay at home taking care of the disabled grandchild. My husband on the other hand, through his tailoring business, works hard to raise some income for the family basic needs which hardly pays for the children's school fee.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was asleep till dawn that day when the transfer came in. Early in the morning, I was surprised by a message notification icon on my phone, unlike other days when I hardly get messages. Opening it was a message from GiveDirectly notifying me of receiving cash from the organization. I was so happy and immediately informed my family, a message which received by a lot of excitement by all.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used eighteen thousand to buy six goats. It has always been my wish to own goats since they are easily managed and requires little money to buy but since I got sick and with my disabled grandchild living with me, I could spend the little I could get on our basic needs and so making it hard and almost impossible to acquire even a single goat. I also used twenty-nine thousand to pay school fees for my children in secondary and primary schools. The remaining amount I spent both on settling a debt I had previously acquired and on medication for myself and the disabled grandchild.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a change in my family. I will be able to take my children to school, buy goats and I trust after some years I'll be in a position to purchase dairy cows. It will be delightful to see my children get basic education and better future.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning. Waking up in good health and seeing my family members in good health each morning makes me happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I've faced in my life is taking care of my disabled granchild after a failed marriage. We have tried all possible ways to get him better health care but the situation is still the same. He is 4 years old now, and neither can he talk nor walk. It is hearbreaking to have a vulnerable child in the family.