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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My ambition was at least to own cows since the ones I was keeping for such a long time only belonged to my neighbour. From them, I could only benefit from getting milk alone. Through the transfer, I was able to buy my own cows and I am happily rearing them. To me, buying my own cows is the biggest difference in my daily life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the notification early in the morning as I was milking the cows. I heard a message ringtone from my phone and on checking to confirm, it was from GiveDirectly notifying me that I have received my first transfer. I was happier than before. For sure, I would be able to buy my own cows. This alone brought joy into my life for the dream of owning my own cows would finally come true.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have been keeping livestock for over 15 years and I have never gotten an opportunity to buy my own cows. The ones I was keeping for that period were of my neighbour, in which I was taking care of them on his behalf. I could only benefit from taking care of his cows by getting milk. None of the cows was mine. On receiving the first transfer, I bought my own three cows to keep and this gives me pride. I will add them to the herd and get more milk. I always sell the milk to earn an income which is the source of my livelihood. My children's school fees also come from the money we raise after selling milk. I also spent part of the transfer to purchase a door and fixed it in my new house since I did not have money to fix the door immediately I built it. I also bought a new mattress to improve on my beddings for the ones I was using were very old. I spent the rest of the transfer to pay a portion of school fees for my children as well as buying their school uniforms and stationeries.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have been working as a herder for the past 10 years taking care of other people's livestock. Receiving this money means buying my own cows and goats so that I can be self reliant. I prefer to keep livestock because they give me milk that I use at home and sell the surplus to make extra income for the family. Incase of emergencies such as illnesses, I can easily sell one of the animals especially goats because they are very marketable and solve my problem.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Milking the cows early in the morning makes it the happiest moment of my day because I know from it I will get my daily bread.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Inadequate finances has been my hardest and longest struggle in life. Putting food on the table, educating my children, medical care are challenges that have become a norm. My income as a herder is too little to meet all these needs, farming on which we highly depend on for food, has also been very disappointing due to low rainfall in the area.