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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I was always planning to build a house for a long time but my dream of owning one never came true until GiveDirectly came to my village and it's because of their financial support that I built my own house. So far this is the biggest difference that the transfer has brought into my life as I no longer shelter in my neighbors house like before.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I received a message indicating that I had received money from GiveDirectly, I felt happier and peaceful than before for it was my very first time to receive such an amount of money. It was through this money that I knew that my life was going to change and I saw myself achieving what I had yearned for, for a long time.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
On receiving my first transfer, I purchased some iron sheets and other building materials to construct my own house since I didn't have one. I was sheltering in my neighbours' house and I was not free at all and there was nothing I could do to save myself from this awkward situation until GiveDirectly came to my rescue. I also purchased a pair of oxen to help in tilling my farm for timely cultivation since I was not able to fully utilise my farm due to inefficient tools and I could only manage to farm a small piece. Now that I have the oxen, I will be able to fully utilize my large acreage for better yields.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will start a grocery business and also enroll my son in a polytechnic. The business will enable me to have a stable income, that will sustain the family in terms of meeting basic needs and paying school fees for my son.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon because it is warm. The warmth relieves the severe chest pain that I am currently experiencing.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing in life is poor health. I am suffering from severe chest pain that makes it difficult for me to work. I am unable to seek quality treatment due to lack of enough money.