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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I became so happy the moment my children informed me that I had received money from GiveDirectly. This money was a sign of a new dawn to my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am the happiest parent living with no stress at the moment. This is because I was able to pay school fees for my children without selling a piece of land. Because of this, the size of land I am cultivating is still the same as last year hence I am not foreseeing any reduction in this years produce.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received my first transfer, I spent some amount to pay school fees for my children. I settled on this so that they would not be sent back home when the shools reopen. Also, I spent some amount to buy cealing and to pay for the labor of fixing it. I am glad since my house is now more presentable and decent unlike before. I spent the remaining amount on food and clothes for my family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am going to spend $110 to give my kitchen a new facelift by replacing old iron sheets that have been leaking for a long time. The remaining amount will cater for my children's education, especially one in her final year in high school. Paying her entire year fees upfront, amounting to $290 will give her ample time and a good preparation for her national exams at the end of the year.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am a subsistence farmer. Most part of my day is spent on my farm cultivation maize and a few vegetables. This makes me happy working on my source of food and income for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am a single mother of 7 children. My main and only source of income is from a one acre maize farm which is hardly enough to provide for my children's needs especially balanced diet and education. They are often sent back home for fees and my other worry is that they may suffer malnutrition. I am worried because I do not have any other source of income to avert or counter such uncertainties as diseases should they occur. This is the biggest hardship I face.