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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life is different in that, I have owned an ox which is going to help me plough my farm land in time. Previously, I hired oxens that often delayed planting since tha oxen owners first prioritized their farms. In addition, I have got a piece of land that is going to increase my hearvest unlike before when I had reduced hearvest because I had only small piece of land
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
My son informed me that I had received money at around 6:00 am. I became very happy because I knew the money will enable me acquire a piece of land.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to purchase an ox, a mattress, bedsheets, utensils and hiring a piece of land.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means owning oxen that will enable me plough my farm land in time for easy crop cultivation. That will improve on yields and income at household level hence famine will be no more.
I will also hire land in order to support my household improve on food security. I am a peasant farmer with little space for crop cultivation. Hiring land will be an empowerment to my household.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is at around 10:00am when I have completed garden work. I will then have time to plan on what my family will feed on and itbis my joy to see to it that my family is happy. I like making meals for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face in my life is limited land for crop cultivation. I can not farm on large scale due to the limited land. This has led to lie income and food at household level because that is my only source of income.