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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I had been a fishmonger for a very long time until a time came when I lacked the capital to run this business. When Givedirectly came to my village, the hope to revive my business was rejuvenated and the transfer brought life to my business again. Through this business, I will be able to earn an income for upkeep and my childrens school fees. To me this is the biggest difference in my daily life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
On receiving an SMS notification indicating that I had received the money I had anxiously been waiting for from GiveDirectly, I was joyful and my face was all smiles. The happiness that I had was beyond explanation and all I could say was thanks to God for bringing GiveDirectly at such a time of need and to prosper them in their endeavours so that they may continue blessing other people.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of my first transfer to purchase a dairy cow since it has been my desire to own one and upon receiving this transfer, I fulfilled my desire and this gives me pride that my cow will reproduce in future too and provide more milk for my family and even some to sell. I also spent part of the transfer to revive my business of selling fried fish. I've been a fishmonger for some time, but due to the ups and downs I was going through in my life, operating it was a bit difficult and due to inadequate funds, it collapsed and it was my only source of income to cater for my family. The transfer has enabled me to run it again for I now have capital enough to run it. I am happy that I will be able even to pay for school fees for my children through it. I also spent my transfer to do some shopping for the family for their upkeep.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a better life for me and my family. I will boost my fish selling business so I can earn more income to feed my family and educate my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning. I am happy when I wake up to see my children healthy and sound.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is lack of sufficient income. My husband is jobless and I earn very little income from my fish selling business.This has affected my ability to provide for my family. Sometimes my children lack school fees and have to stay home for days.