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A new bed and mattress! This is what I have desired for a long time. Since I don't have money, this has remained unfulfilled and I had hoped one day, a miracle will come to my house. It was all happiness to me when I heard about the arrival of GiveDirectly in our village and I felt like, God has answered my prayer. With this money, I intend to change the status quo of sleeping using a roped bed and rugged sacks. My priority is to spend $300 of my money to buy a modern bed and a mattress. Achieving this will mean a lot to my life since I have never spent my nights on such bedding. I believe with this, my health status will improve because of getting enough sleep. On the other hand, I will buy 6 goats at $300 to have a long-term project to depend on in the future. The remaining amount will support me in getting my other very basic needs like food and clothes.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My daughter-in-law gave birth through a caesarian procedure 5 months ago. This gave me a lot of stress because I had to spend much of my time nursing her. Recently, she has fully recovered and can perform duties by herself. What a sigh of relief to me! I am now free and back at home to do my daily chores. Hence, I consider her better health as what has recently brought me joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food insecurity! In my household, getting 2 meals in a day is so impossible and this means forfeiting meals on some days. Since I am in a polygamous family, my husband can not fully support us, and getting our very basic needs is a challenge. We majorly depend on our sons' incomes but since they have families, their assistance has been inconsistent. What a miserable life!