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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Before GiveDirectly came to my village, I had no money to pay for my son's school fees in order for him to join college. Since I have been able to do so now, I feel like am fulfilling my role as a parent to educate him to be a better person in the future. This so far is the biggest difference the transfer has brought into my daily life as I am always happy.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I never imagined of receiving such an amount of money and on receiving the notification, the sorrows that had engulfed me were immediately replaced with a smile and happiness in my heart. I felt peace now that GiveDirectly had come to comfort me after a long struggle to raise my children as a widow.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
My ambition has been to see my children achieve their goals in their education but due to financial constraints, I saw myself failing them as they were performing well but I had no money to advance their education further as I didn't have a stable source of income enough to help them. On receiving my first transfer, I paid school fees for my son who will be joining teachers training college and my other son who will be joining high school tomorrow. I used the remaining amount to purchase a pair of oxen to facilitate cultivation for maximum utilization of my farm since it was underutilized due to inadequate farming resources. I will also be hiring to my neighbours at a fee, which means I will be able to earn an income through them. I also purchased two goats to keep as assets and which I will use as a source income in times of need by selling them.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that my life will change for the better.This is because, paying school fees for my children will no longer be a problem to me. I will buy goats to raise and also start livestock business that will give me reliable income for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I rest from my tiresome casual jobs. Joining my children makes me feel happy because I get good chance to advice them.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is lack of stable source of income after the loss of my husband whom I had depended on.This have depressed me for long because all the house responsibilities were left in me. I am struggling hard to sustain my family's basic needs.