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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am now a happy person. This is because I have been able to achieve some of my life goals. First, owning a spacious house will enable me to host my visitors any time without worrying about where they will spend their night in. Also, expanding my dairy farming project will increase my income when the dairy cow I bought starts reproducing. I will use this money to provide for my family needs on time and with much ease unlike now.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 3 am when I received my transfers. I was always alert since I knew that I would receive my transfers any day since people from my neighboring village had informed us that we will receive them any day before 10th. When I received a message notification indicating that GiveDirectly had deposited the promised money into my account, I became so happy. The transfers marked a new beginning in my life because I knew that I would be able to achieve my plans using the money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
When I received my first transfer, I used part of it to buy some building materials to use in building a spacious house for my family. My current house will act as a kitchen and my children's bedroom. I used the remaining amount to buy a dairy cow. It has always been my prayer to expand my dairy project but I was not able to achieve this due to lack of money. As a result of this, I will be able to sell milk to my neighbors when it reproduces.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means financial independence to me, something i have always wished to be. I plan to open a stall in the shopping center where i will be selling vegetables and fruits since its a good business opportunity no one has ventured to in my village. My first transfer will act as capital to build the stall and stock it then my second transfer will go to buying a dairy cow and building a bigger iron roofed house since my children have reached an age where they need to have their own room for privacy reasons.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Im always happy in the evening when my children are back home from school since its the time i help them do their homework as i motivate them to work harder in school as we chat on what transpired during the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My spouse who is the breadwinner of the family works as a security guard in the city and the small amount he earns monthly is barely enough to fulfill all the needs of our family. He spends 80% of his earnings In paying schoolfees for our two children in Secondary school. We have never invested in any long term income generating activity which worries us since he plans to leave his job because of the poor pay and the children will soon be joining university