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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was at 3.00 am when I heard the message ring,and on confirming that it was money from GiveDirectly, I was so happy. I thanked God for answering my prayers. I knew that whatever I have always wanted, I will be able to purchase.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am able to get milk from my own cow. I no longer have to purchase the milk for my children. They can get enough now given that we do not have to purchase with the limited amounts of money we have. I am now investing that money on other household needs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent the money I received from GiveDirectly on purchasing livestock. I bought cows and goats. I bought one cow for milk production and another for ploughing. I bought the cows so that my children can benefit from the milk. I do not have to buy milk from the shops now. I also bought the goats so that once they reproduce, they will give more money to rely on.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a housewife depending entirely on my husband who is a motorbike taxi driver. This job earns him utmost 2.5 dollars per day which is hardly enough to sustain the basic needs of My family. My desire has been to start livestock rearing especially dairy cows in order to supplement his earns. Receiving this money means accomplishment of my wish since I am planning to spend 350 USD on purchase one diary cow. This will assure me of 4.5 dollars per day a transformation I have longed for.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Afternoon is the happiest part of my day. My mornings and evening are always the busy part of the day doing household activities. It is in the afternoon time that I can relax after the morning chores while taking lunch with my kids.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Failure to meet my inner desire of having a reliable source of income for my family due to financial challenge is my biggest hardship. The Givedirectly intervention is a dream came true since I will be able to have a reliable source of income that will change our life for the better.