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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
My phone was charging at my neighbor's house when I heard the news that people have received their transfer. I was relaxing outside my house after completing my morning chores when I heard people celebrating for receiving their money. I went to check my phone and I found out that I have received my transfer. Likewise, I felt very happy after receiving my transfer.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Being debt free is the biggest difference in my life. We now have peace of mind with my husband after completing the dowry payment. This is because our culture requires a man to fully pay dowry for him to earn respect in the community and ownership of a wife.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent $150 to purchase bedding for myself. This because I sleep on the floor with small mattress which left me with a lot of back pains in every morning. Also used $150 to purchase one indigenous daily cow so that we may reduce the bundle of purchasing milk every morning which is costly. The remaining amount was used by my husband to clear the dowry payment to my father.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have always wanted a source of income for my young family but lack of funds has been derailing me. This money will therefore help me buy 5 goats at a cost of 150 USD. Goat rearing is a bit easier since looking after them does not require a lot of food and water which is a challenge in this region. I will then use 350 USD to build a two bed room house which will be spacious enough unlike the current one.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I wake up at 6 am and go to the farm till 9am. I then go and fetch water then come back to do the household chores. After cooking lunch, I relax in the afternoon since the sun is usually very hot. Morning is the happiest part of my day since I usually do almost all of my day's activities. This is before the scorching sun starts to hit.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I depend on farming to get food and money for my daily needs. However prolonged drought has really affected my income and led to a lot of struggle in getting food. This has forced my spouse to move to the nearest town in search of casual jobs. The casual jobs also pay very little and are not available all the time. Financial constraints has therefore remained to be my biggest hardship.