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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
This transfer has helped me acquire land which I never imagined I could own, I did not have land to farm on therefore I depended on my relatives for land which wasn't enough. Due to lack of land, I could not cultivate adequate food that could sustain my house for the rest of the year. Furthermore, there's also improved feeding because I can afford to change diet and finally when I purchase a mattress which is in plan, I will be having peacefully nights as compared to the current situation whereby I sleep on a very old mattress.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was so happy that this assistance could help solve all my problems because I strive as a single mother to see to it that my children are taken good care off.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent most of my transfer as collateral security to secure farmland since I do not have where to farm and with time I could decide to acquire this land when I get my last transfer. I have saved some money to purchase a mattress and the other money I used it on buying food since I was faced with difficulty in feeding.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means acquiring livestock in form of animals that will act as Income generating activity for my household. When they multiply, I will sell some for paying school fees for my children while some will remain as an investment. My current situation is reliant on farming in order to make sure that my children receive quality education.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is a round lunch time. It finds me when I have completed garden work, prepared lunch, bathed, cooked and now resting. I am taking care of my four children and it is very hectic for me as a woman.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is lack of a reliable source of income in order to sustain my household. I am a small scale farmer, producing crops for both household consumption and sale. However, farming is not reliable because I rely on rain fed farming which is not adequate for proper plant growth.