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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I now own oxen that will facitate ploughing come rainy season. Previously, hiring oxen was very expensive for me. Secondly, I was always among the last to plough when the rains have reduced which resulted to poor yields.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the mobile money message, first thing in my mind was that it could be true or false message from fraudsters. This promted me to check my account balance and when I confirmed that it was real, I felt so happy.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer for buying two oxen at UGX 1,400,000, 2 mattresses at UGX 155,000, curtains, bedsheets and utensils at UGX 45,000 and I used UGX 100,000 for hiring an acre of land.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will buy oxen and ox-plough. My family realises very little out from crop farming each season due to delays in cultivation. The harvest is never enough to meet my family depends hence there is food shortage. Once I purchase the oxen and ox-plough , it will facilitate earlier and timely planting thus this may lead to increase in crop production. They may be no more serious food shortage in my home and also our living standards will improve.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is evening hours. I struggle a lot in the whole day looking for ways of survival. Iam only able to have time with my children in the evening hours. They tell school stories which are pleasing hence Iam relieved mentally.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is lack of enough food. My family does not produce enough food each season due to lack of oxen to facilitate easy ploughing hence I delay in planting. Iam expireincing serious hunger which is leading to malnutrition in my children due to insufficent feeding.