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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
It had always been my dream to build a spacious house for my family but I had not been able to due to lack of finances. Apart from the pride that comes with it, my children's security will always be assured. Being able to build this house is the biggest difference in my daily life. Had it not have been for GiveDirectly, I would not have been able to achieve this on my own.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 6 am after waking up when I realized that I had an unread message. After reading its content, I became so happy and I immediately informed my spouse about the good news. I knew that I would be able to build a spacious house for my family.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to buy some building materials to use in building a spacious house for my family. Previously, we had been living in a one-room house that served as our kitchen, bedroom and also sitting room for my family. Due to this, my children used to sleep at their grandmother's house as the house was too small to accommodate all of us. Also, I bought a heifer for rearing. When it reproduces, I will be able to reduce my daily expenditure and also earn an income through milk sales. I used the remaining amount to buy some basic needs for my family. I bought one sack of maize flour, clothes and shoes.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My current house is very small(one room) and is grass thatched.During the rainy season it leaks making it very uncomfortable to live in.My first plan when I receive this money is to build a one bedroom house with an iron roof.My current house will remain to serve the purpose of a kitchen.My second plan is buying a dairy cow.I have one cow and sometimes we do not have enough milk for sale.With two cows I will be assured of continuous supply of milk and more income through sale of milk.
What is the happiest part of your day?
A successful day to me is determined in the evening.When I am through with the day's activities I feel happy.I spend the morning hours in my farm and my afternoons looking after cattle.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have for a long time depended on crop farming to earn me income but it has been very unreliable.This is due to long dry spells and crop diseases.I get little harvest which does not sustain the family's needs.For example for a long time I have wanted to build a better house but all my money goes into buying food.With the money from Give Directly I want to slowly switch to dairy farming to see if things can be better.