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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
There is a big difference in my life compared to the past. I am now able to be in possession of properties that no body could think of. My dignity and self worth which was eroded in the society was redeemed, and now I have livestock to rear and this will help me in future.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt good and happy because of my poverty state which has been reduced through the fund given. I am the kind of individual whom the villagers knew that could own nothing in life, and I thank GiveDirectly because it rescued my worth and dignity in the society. People only knew me as the person who could think of drinking alcohol with any single cent landed in my hand and now they have been surprised after witnessed how I spent my transfer wisely.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying two bullocks, building materials for renovation of my house mattress, four plastic chairs and a blanket. I have been spending a lot of money on farming, and sometimes I failed to plant my crops very late due to late ploughing, this could result to poor harvest hence food insecurity in the family. My house was in pathetic condition for human living.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to build a new home. My wife left me because I was not having any money to build her a descent house. I will therefore use the transfer to buy cows and take her parents for dowry and initiate the process of building my own home. Staying in my brothers homestead is seen in our culture as failure and members of society look at me as cultural failure. I am very happy that at long last I am going to be able to repair unite with my wife and build a new home.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of they is usually late morning because I spend most of the nights sleeping in the cold on old rags and my walls have openings that makes the cold weather outside to penetrate. It is the morning sun that brings me warmth and I am able to talk to neighbors at times even able to find a friendly neighbor accepting to share their morning tea with me.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is that I work very long hours to meet the target in the farms because I am old and my work rate is slow. Sometimes I spend two days working on a job that would take young strong men just few hours. I end up many times going without meals because of lack of money either because I did not meet the target of the farm owners or promised pay for the following day.