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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was on a Thursday at 1.30pm when I was about my daily duties when I heard a message notification on my phone. I checked and it was the promised transfer from GiveDirectly and I was very happy and thanked God and GiveDirectly. I felt really blessed.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I used to get water from the river and it took me 20 minutes to get 20 litres and I used to go 5 times to have enough water for the day. Right now I have water at home and I use the time I used to go to the river to do other duties at home and I get more time to also rest.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I bought a cow that I am currently milking and bought pipes to get tap water to my home.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
As a family that consumes milk almost daily yet we own no cattle, we spend significant amounts of our income purchasing them. At times we are forced to do without milk, especially when we do not have money for buying them. Hence, receiving this money means that we shall afford to buy a cow that will act as a reliable source of sufficient milk for our consumption.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Since my day entails interacting and socializing with people from varied backgrounds, the happiest part of my day is in the morning. This is because I would not have met with people or situations that could hurt me.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
In the year 2019, brother-in-law burnt down our houses following some disputes that he had with my family. As such, we were forced to sell virtually everything we possessed get funds for buying a piece of land elsewhere and build new houses. We opted to sell our property since we anticipated that the case may take longer owing to the relatively slow processing of cases by our courts. Hence, losing my houses served as the biggest hardship I have faced because we are yet to find justice and regain our wealth.