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Changing my livelihood by owning a sewing machine, constructing a spacious house, buying beddings and livestock is what receiving this money means to me. Currently, I am just a house wife despite having dress making skills. This has forced me to depend on my husband who is working at a posho mill as a labourer and his income is not enough to sustain our basic needs. The arrival of GiveDirectly to my household has a great relief on me, because I plan to use my first transfer to purchase a sewing machine for myself in order to start tailoring business. I will also use the remaining amount for the first disbursement to buy beddings to replace the old ones. My second transfer will aid on constructing a house and buying of livestock. This will change my life for the better and hence, it is this transformation that is basically what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Since I am a house wife, I spend the better part of my day at home. When I wake up in the morning, the work I do is to fetch water from a tap that is two kilometers away from my home. When I am back home, I prepare our first meal for the day that we share together with my family. It is at this time when I get ample time to rest and chat with my mother in-law when sharing our meals. Therefore, I consider afternoon as the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Depending on my husband as the solely breadwinner for the family makes me feel that, I am failing in terms of offering support in providing for the family. I am just a house wife and the only work I can do is subsistence farming, a venture that is not sustaining due to the droughts we experience in our area. Therefore, I consider lack of a reliable source of income as my biggest hardship.