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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life since I started receiving this transfer is that I no longer go borrowing utensils from my neighbours as I used to before. Anytime I had visitors in my house, I would go borrow utensils because I did not have good ones. The ones I had were old and some broken. This caused a lot of disrespect between me and my neighbours because they would mock me several times. My first two transfers, I used to buy new utensils so that I don't go begging as before. I am very happy because I have my own and the shame I used to go through, is no more because of Give Directly.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I am planning to sell my only sheep to raise money to buy a cow. I have always desired to have my own cow because I know it will give birth, I can sell the milk to raise a little income and even sell thge offsprings to raise money for other financial needs. I know with this, I will be able to sovlve most of my finacial problems without borrowing.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
School fees have been the biggest burden in my marriage life. I do not have a stable source of income just like my husband. The little income we get from our farm by selling our produce has never been sufficient for our daily needs. So many times we had to take part of our harvest to school because we were not able to raise money to pay school fees. This is the reason my children do not even have good school uniforms. With the transfers, I have been able to reduce the balance in school and I know by the end of this year, I will have cleared the whole balance. Since I started receiving the transfers, I have been feeling more independent than before. I do not go borrowing every time I have a problem and I don't get support on everything from my husband. Since I did not have any source of income, I literally had to depend on my husband which is not the case now. I can plan and budget well with my money. This is a great improvement in my life.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
Since I used part of my transfer to pay deposit for a new solar system, in the next four months, I will finally have the solar system because I would have finished payment. This will help reduce my daily expenditure especially on buying kerosene daily.
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What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is marital conflicts since 2015 when my spouse married a second wife. He has neglected my household and doesn't support our upkeep.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am always happy most part of my day. Amid my marital problems, the gift of life God grants me daily makes me happy with hopes of a better life in future.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I plan to spend the transfers on constructing a kitchen. Currently I cook in open air which is hectic when it is rainy, sunny or windy.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement was in poultry farming since its proceeds supported my children's school fees and clothing.