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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was serving lunch when I heard a message notification on my phone. On seeing that it was the GiveDirectly transfer, I was overjoyed and called my husband who was also happy and praised God with me over the phone.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
We have been able to pay for a piece of land and now we have a place to plant food crops for our family to be food secure. The place we stay currently is too small to plant enough food crops because it has been subdivided severally. Thank you so much GiveDirectly and may you be richly blessed.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
We bought 0.2 acres of land at a place we had always wanted to.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
We have been aspiring to purchase another dairy cow but due to lack of stable income we have not. Subsistence farming has been our main source of income but due to prolong drought the output has no been impressive. In 4 acre piece of land we could harvest 60 bags of maize but now sometimes you harvest 2 bags or non. Here I have two children who are at the secondary school and five others in primary level depending on this. Since it was no longer productive we change to dairy farming and it has been doing good. Incase, we get lucky to receive this transfer we will add another dairy cow and the remaining amount we pay school fees on time.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is usually in the evening when at home resting and preparing dinner for my family. Usually my day involves plough my farm manually in preparation for the next planting season. This work is so tiresome but no others since most our income goes to school fees payment.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of stable income has been our biggest hardship. Since subsistence farming has been our source of income, unfavorable weather conditions have affected the output. Recently due to prolonged drought, we harvest two sacks of maize in a 4-acre piece of land. With this I am supposed to pay school fees and also to buy medicine for my sick children.