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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now have two cows that I am now depending on for milk production. I used to have three cows but all of them perished due to the severe famine that had stricken our land. The livestock lacked water and grass to feed on and they died. This was such a huge loss to me since I also depended on them for milk production in order to help me meet my daily needs. I am so happy today when I see the two cows and when I see my grandchildren go to school and them not being chased away due to lack of school fees.
I see myself now being able to start a business of selling poultry and goats here in our village, this business will enable me meet my daily needs and those of my family. All I can tell GiveDirectly is to send the rest of the transfer as soon as possible so that I can be able to start this poultry business, other than that I am very grateful to Givedirectly.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received this money, I was in the house as usual when I heard my phone ring as it received a message at around 11:10 in the morning. I did not read the message since I am not conversant with reading. I was patient and waited till evening when my grandchildren come home from school for them to tell me what the message said. On reaching home I gave one of them the phone so that he could read the message for me, they were very excited as they told me that I had received money from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy and grateful for the good news I had received and the following day it was a must for me to withdraw the transfer.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on paying my grandchildren's school fees. Four of them are in primary school and it is unfortunate that they have been constantly chased out of school due to lack of money. This January was not so different as I did not have money to pay their school fees, and they were sent home again. When I received the money, I was so grateful and I decided to pay the whole debt I owed the school so that my children could learn with no interruptions. I am happy to say they are now in school learning without anyone disturbing them or asking them for school fees. The rest of the money I decided to buy two cows. this will be of great benefit to me since the cows will produce milk for consumption and I could sell the milk and as they also reproduced, I would be able to get plenty of milk.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My desire is to have a food secure home. Receiving this money means I will buy oxen and an ox plough to help me plough my 1 acre piece of land because with oxen, one can cover a larger area at a shorter time. This will ensure a constant supply of food in my home and the money intended for it will be invested in other areas. I will use the rest of the money to open a shop and grocery at Chapungu shopping centre to ensure a stable source of income. This will help me take care of my family's needs of education and medication for myself.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Mornings are the happiest part of my day. This is because at night I feel so alone and overwhelmed by my troubles but in the morning I can interact with other people and forget my sorrows.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
For two years now, I have suffered from elephantiasis, a condition that has drained me financially and psychologically, I have tried all means to treat it but to no avail. It has robbed me of my ability to engage in activities such as farming that I depend on for survival. To top it all, my daughter passed away leaving me with 4 of her children to take care of with no sort of income whatsoever. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed with this turn of events and just find myself in tears, with no husband to share in my troubles, i feel so alone. My financial inability to meet my needs and that of my grandchildren has been my biggest hardship in life.