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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
So far I am the happiest person on earth because my life is totally different from the day I owned a dairy cow and the goats. It has always been my desire to rear them for a long period of time but my income was low and I couldn't afford to buy any of them. I opted to buy them because of a few reasons. One, with goats, they always reproduce and mature faster compared to other livestock animals. This is a clear indication that I will have many of them within a short period of time. I plan to sell the offsprings once they mature and the money will be helping me in paying school fees for my four children. Secondly, with the dairy cow, I will be benefiting from the milk it produces. I will be using some and sell the rest in order to earn income. I will not be straining so hard in meeting my family basic needs as I used to do previously when I depended on casual jobs.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 5: 30 am, when my phone rang continuously. I was preparing myself to go do my normal casual jobs. I decided to check who had sent the message during that time because my curiosity could not keep me calm. Upon reading it, I realized the message was from Give Directly. They had sent me my first transfer. I was very excited. I even canceled my day's schedule and celebrated the good news. I could barely concentrate on whatever task I was doing because the good news kept replaying in my mind
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying livestock. I bought one dairy cow and a few goats. It has always been my desire to own these assets for a long period of time. I am very thankful for the financial support I received from GiveDirectly because I finally achieved what I have been yearning to own. I then cleared the huge school fees arrears for my children because they have been staying home for quite some time due to lack of school fees. I then hired people to prepare my farm because it was planting season. I am so hopeful this season I will harvest a lot because initially, I couldn't afford to hire labor or buy farm inputs that would boost my crop production. I used the remaining to buy other household items.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I desire to build a 3 bedrooms house that can accommodate me and my family comfortably. Receiving this money means I will be able to buy the necessary materials required such as poles, iron sheets and some few bags of cement. I will also spend part of the transfers to purchase goats that will help me in the education of my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I do my chores in the morning and evening mostly then rest in the afternoon which makes it the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
We struggle so much financially and that is our major setback. I am not contributing economically as at now because am heavily pregnant and my husband's income from charcoal business and seasonal fishing is not enough to cater for our bills of food, education and decent housing. At the moment, we all sleep in a tiny one room that can only fit one bed and it has been our wish to build a bigger house but we do not have the financial muscle to do so because we prioritize other needs that is food and education.