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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Expanding my dairy project had always been my prayer but had not been able to due to financial constraints. Buying the four heifers using my transfers is so far the biggest difference in my daily life. As a result of this, I will be able to increase my income from the dairy project after these heifers start reproducing. I am also optimistic that one of them will be calving soon thus an increase in milk production. I will be using the income from this project for my children's school fees and to cater for my family needs.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I realized that I had received money from GiveDirectly in the morning while I was taking my breakfast. I had switched off my phone the previous night as I did not want any disturbances. Upon realizing the good news, I became so happy, prayed silently and asked God to continue blessing GiveDirectly so that they would continue touching other people's lives.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I do not have a formal form of employment as I depend on dairy farming to earn a living. I always work hard to improve my dairy project since this could stabilize my income. When I received my first transfer I spent the whole amount to buy four heifers. I settled on this so that when they reproduce, they will increase in number quickly. Also, my income through milk sales will increase as I will be supplying my milk to our local cooler plant. I will be using money from the dairy project to pay school fees for my children and to cater for our needs.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I practice livestock farming and receiving this money will help me expand that.I currently have 2 cows and one goat.I now want to start serious livestock farming by buying 3 cows and 10 goats.I believe this is a good source of income because currently crop farming is not doing well in this area.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up healthy and strong enough to work.I spend the morning hours till noon in my farm where I have grown maize and beans.Afternoon is my time to relax.With my heart condition I cannot do a lot of work therefore I relax all through the afternoon after I have lunch.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have lived with a heart condition for very many years.It was discovered when I was 5 years old and now I am 62 years old.I used traditional medicine for a long time since my parents lacked money to take me for specialized treatment.This condition has prevented me from doing physical jobs whereas I am a farmer.This has limited the amount of money I get to satisfy the basic needs for my family.I have come to accept this condition.I just live with it through God's protection and I rarely visit the hospital.I only visit the local dispensary once in a while when I have a cold because the condition worsens at that time.This is the biggest hardship in my life.