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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I was jobless, hopeless, and almost give up in life, but now I supply broilers to the local hotels around and I get more order that would force me to look for other sources. I will be harvesting my one acre tomato farm, and due to high market demand, I hope to fetch good profit.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received money I was happy and optimistic towards my future success. I graduated with Diploma in Animal Husbandry, but I have not been employed yet. Now I am proud to proclaim that if anybody put the transfer into good use, he would able to come out of bondage of poverty.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I started two projects funded by GiveDirectly transfer. One was poultry project, the other one was horticultural project, that is tomato farming. Before that, I had a plan for such like projects before because of market demands in our area, but I did not have capital. I tried to apply for Youth Development fund, a program initiated by Ministry of Youth in our country, but this could not yield any fruit. When I received this cash, the first thing that rung in my mind, was starting these projects, and I have disposed my first lot of broilers and fetched good money out of it.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to start my longterm dream of poultry keeping which I have not been able to do since the little earning that I receive from the casual job always goes to my shoppings and my elderly grandmother upkeep.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is usually in the afternoon after I get paid for weeding in the farms in the morning sessions, this is majorly because I catch up with friends and we engage in stories that makes me forget my own struggles and worries in life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship has been going to the sugar farms to seek for opportunities to cut cane or weed them and many a times I get back home not taken for the days job, whenever this happened I would end up going a day without meals.