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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Through this finacial support, I have been in position to construct a one bed roomed iron roofed house that is currently left with fitting doors and windows. I am planning to complete my house with the second transfer I expect from GiveDirectly. Once I shift to my new house, I will be relieved from my current hut that leaks whenever it rains.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I heard a message alert from my phone, I went ahead to cross check and it was the mobile money message notifying me that I had got money from GiveDirectly, I became very happy because I knew that I was going to build an iron roofed house.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my transfer to purchase 5 trips of bricks, 5 bags of cement, 16 pieces of iron sheets, ventilators, nails, binding wire, timber and paid construction workers.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving the money means improved living conditions. I will build an iron roofed house that will reduce the cost of renovating the grass thatched house in yearly basis. It's very costly to renovate a grass thatched house due to the distance covered and te cost of purchasing and transporting grass which is high.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is around lunch time when I have been able to get what to eat. After a meal, I admire my children when they are playing, a sign that they are happy. Their happiness is my joy too.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is lack of a credible source of income that I sufficient to take my children to school, buy food for the household and build a permanent house. My main source of income is through casual labour which can not enable me to meet basic daily needs of my household.