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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I now have my cow that I bought with the GiveDirectly transfers. Soon this cow will provide for the family milk. I have also got apiece of farm land on mortgage. I wished to get these items but was limited by money.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer, I became so happy. I came out to dance and ululate because of happiness. On that day, I cooked rice and meat to eat as we celebrated the transfers.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer for buying a cow at UGX 800,000, I saved UGX 600,000. I bought a mattress, clothes, utensils and food with the balance.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to buy land. Iam currently depending on hired land for crop farming and is not costs effective since what I realise from it at the end of the planting season does not sustain the family needs. There is hunger due food shortage and this affects the household member's health. Once land owned I will be planting crops to increase on production for both consumption and sales. This will improve on my household standards of living.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest moments is always evening hours. Iam gloomy and depressed the whole day but only able to put a smile on my face while at kotoikit trading centre. I chat with friends who give me better encouraging words.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is food shortage and this has resulted in hunger since my household members mostly eat ones a day. My family members fall some times sick has a result of poor feeding.