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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was at 1pm when I was taking lunch and someone called me and we talked. After the call I saw a message and It was the transfer message from GiveDirectly and I was very happy. I told everyone at home and they were all very happy.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The heifer that I bought when it calves, will give me milk and I can sell surplus milk to my neighbours and this way I can make more income. I am also glad that I have enough utensils and I am not ashamed of welcoming visitors to my house unlike before when I used to borrow from neighbours.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I bought a heifer and bought my children clothes. I also bought house utensils as I did not have enough and whenever I had visitors, I had to borrow.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a lot to me. I have been operating a small business that is hardly enough to feed my family. I plan to use the money to expand my business and buy some livestock that will bring a complete change in my life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the midday and more so when we have enough family to sustain our family. It gives me so much joy to see my children happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have faced in my life is the death of my husband. He left us at an early age when we had just started our marriage life. Life was hard for us but I consoled myself. Life became harder when I lost my biological parent who was also taking care of my younger siblings. Being the first born I had to take all the burden of raising my siblings. I am not yet there but I am happy that I have been able to be there for them in times of need.