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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the transfers around six in the morning while still asleep. My appetite for sleep got lost because I was overwhelmed with joy. I immediately I called my husband and relayed the good news and he came on a short notice and we immediately executed our plans.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is owning a dairy cow which I had desired to have after the previous one died but couldn't afford. Nowadays, my day is more preoccupied than before because I have a dairy cow to look after. I have also started planting nappier grass in order to ensure my cow has adequate feeds.I have also furnished my house with modern sofa sets and now my home is more cosy than before. My house is also well lit because of purchase of a new battery after the old one got spoiled.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent 340 USD on a dairy cow which is now four months pregnant because we had one before but fell down and died abruptly about one and half years ago.For the past close to two years we have buying a liter of milk a day at 50 shillings which is quite costly given that we are in a rural setting.We used to rely on my husband who works as a security guard in the City because maize crop had been adveserly affected for the past five years. I spent 110USD on two 3-seater sofa sets because I didn't have any and used to depend on my neighbors for seats when I had visitors. I spent the rest on a solar lighting system battery because the one I had got spoiled about a year ago.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My life here since this long have been buying milk for my children,from my neighbor where have to spend around 3000 shillings in a month.Receiving this money I buy milking cow at a cost of 20000 Shillings to sustain my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My daily duties is house chores which I always begun this once I wake up.At midday when have done with all my duties and have time to rest under my compound shade with my children playing around am very happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship have face here is insufficient food.Being a mother of two, I don't have income am struggling to get food to my family.I only depends on my husband who is doing casual jobs where somedays he can fail to work due to Covid-19,where people are at home doing all there work.