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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was overjoyed when I realized I had received my transfer. I could not contain my pleasure when I learned I had finally received GiveDirectly's cash transfer. That day, I had been away from home for a long time since I attended a burial ceremony in our neighborhood. I felt a serenity of mind, and deep within my heart, I had an unexplained pleasure. I was confident that I would eventually be able to pay my children's school tuition. Because my husband works away from home, I had to inform him, and he was equally pleased.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
From the time I received my transfer, I have experienced a significant improvement in the way of our lives. Previously, I was stressed because I could not afford to buy food or pay my school fees. Since receiving my cash transfer, I have felt some relief in terms of paying school fees and purchasing food for my children. I am glad that all five of my children are enjoying their academics. In addition, I have been able to obtain sufficient nourishment. Formerly, I was reliant on my husband, whose income was insufficient for my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a mother of five children, all of whom attend school. When I received my transfer, there were $300 in arrears. As a result, I spent $300 to pay off their school fees. One of them had been sent home for failing to pay her school fees. She had been at home for two days, and because of my financial situation at the time, I could not raise her school fees. To supplement my investment, I purchased a goat for $40. Also, due to the famine situation, we had trouble obtaining food. Therefore, I spent the balance of the money on food, and we've been doing so well compared to previously.
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What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I have a family of seven members with five children. My husband is a casual laborer and I am a housewife. The first born daughter is supposed to join secondary school on February 2023. I do not have any investment that will help raise school fees for the daughter. She has a school fees structure of $450 per year apart from the uniform and the other shopping cost. I will use $800 to pay school gees and also cater for the required shopping for her to join the secondary school. I will also use $200 to buy food for the family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My family most of the time goes without food. However, during Christmas my husband brought shopping that made the family enjoy chapati after a long period. The family last took chapati in the previous Christmas.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband is a casual laborer and I am a housewife. He earns approximately $60 per month and sometimes he gets a lower income than that. This money is not enough to sustain the family for the whole month. Sometimes the family goes without food and mostly we take one meal per day. My children have grown weak due to malnutrition. Lack of food is the challenge I am facing in life.