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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am now happier than before. This is because I was able to clear paying school fees arrears for my children who had been sent back home without much struggle. As a result of this, I have been able to save some money from my business. I am intending to use these savings to pay school fees for my children next year. This will enable them to have enough time for their studies and this will enable them to improve on their performance.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 5 am after waking up when I realized that GiveDirectly had finally sent me the promised money. I became so happy at that moment since I knew that my life would never remain the same.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
When I received my first transfers, I bought some building materials majorly iron sheets, timber, nails and also paid a mason for the work of building a spacious house for my family. I settled on this since the one we were living in was small and grass-thatched. Due to my growing family, this house could not accommodate us comfortably anymore. Due to this, my children used to seek shelter from their grandmother's place. Also, I paid school fees arrears for my children who had been sent back home. I am now glad since they were able to sit for their end year examinations. I spent the remaining amount to buy some basic needs for my family. I bought two maize flour and decent clothes and shoes.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
For a long time I have been living in a small hut that can hardly accommodate me and my grown up children, let alone host guests. Receiving this money means a transformation of my housing standards from a small grassy thatched hut to a spacious corrugated iron roofed house. I could live with more dignity when I fulfill this desire.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Being a holiday season, my children have closed school for a one month break. During the day, I no longer have to bear with much work in my farm because they give me a helping hand thus making my duties lighter. They give me so much relieve which makes me happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am a small business woman selling maize in a nearby town during its market days every Monday. This is my only source of income that provides for our household needs and my children's education. At the moment one of them is in secondary school while two more are in primary. The latter two would soon transition to secondary and will demand more money for their education. There is hardly enough profits to make from my small business. My greatest fear is to be overwhelmed by their education costs from which I may have to sell my assets to facilitate. This is the biggest hardship I've faced in my life.