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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the ability to own a cow and having a beautiful home. I am planning marry very soon and having a well furnished house was my biggest dream come through. I can now welcome my friend without feeling left out.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
I am planning to diversify my sources of income. I want to rent a piece of land and plant my own beans.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am happier and so fulfilled by this transfer. A few things are currently different. I have my own cow which could have taken me ages to buy, were it not for Give Directly to think about people like us out here. I am really excited that my life will no longer be the same.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
The plan that has just crossed my mind after receiving Give Directly transfers is marriage. I am planning to have my house spark in to life very soon. I am still wrapping up a few thing before introducing my pride to my family.
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What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life is that I was not able to continue with my education. This is because I could not understand the lessons that were being taught. Even though my parents were able to pay for my fees, I had to drop out and as a result, my dreams of becoming a teacher could not be achieved. Currently, I rely on the proceeds from my chicken so that I can meet my needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning because this is the time that I am filled with energy and I can do some farming so that I can provide for myself.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
When I receive my transfers, I am planning to use part of the money to buy livestock which will cost me approximately 24000 shillings. The other amount will be used in hiring a piece of land which shall be used in farming
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My greatest achievement is that I have managed to build a house. I am now able to plan ahead because I have a place to call my own.