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Livestock is a store of wealth. My fiance is currently in secondary school and will have completed in the next 2 years. Since I do not have another source of income, money from GiveDirectly will help me to buy 2 dairy cows which I believe will have multiplied by the time she completes her studies. I will then convert them to cash in order to pay her dowry. This is what receiving this money mean to me. Purchasing the two cows will cost about $500 from the first transfer.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am a casual labourer working in a local garage in the village for most part of the day. Most of my age mates work here. It makes a good meeting point to catch up and laugh. I am always happy to be here.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I was planning on getting married last year. Along the way around December, my mother underwent a heart surgery which diminished most of our fortunes, especially livestock. With a hospital bill of about $4,000, we held a fundraiser and sold our cattle to foot the astronomical bill. My plans to get married were shattered as my supposed dowry in form of cattle were no more. My biggest worry is that it would take a longer while before I could get to be with the love of my life.