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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have been able to improve my house to a more permanent and an easy to maintain one. It happened so fast that it makes me feel so grateful for the support that I just received. I will no longer have to go through the hustle of trying to maintain a mud walled house and this has brought a lot of difference in my life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt so happy the moment I received my money from GiveDirectly. I heard my phone ring at around 3:00 am in the morning and it didn't bother me as at that time. I couldn't believe that I had just received the money until my son called to confirm if I had just received at around 5:00 am. I awoke all my children and we prayed together to say a thanksgiving word to God for the moment He had blessed us.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used most of my recent transfer to improve my house which was mud walled to a timber wall. I am an aging person and I had started feeling the pain of maintaining a mud walled house since it takes a lot of my time and energy. I now feel happy that the house is nearing its completion. I also used the remaining amount to buy the household's basic needs and clothes for my grandchildren.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will help me build a house made of wood.The current house I live in is made of mud and it is cumbersome to mantain.I will then buy a dairy cow which I am sure will serve as a good source of income through sale of milk.With the little remaining money I will buy a few chicken.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I spend the morning hours taking care of the cattle and feeding them.In the afternoon I mostly attend church meetings and fellowships.I enjoy the morning hours looking after the cattle because they are a source of income to me.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is raising up my grandchildren.My daughter has two children whom I take care of because she is away at work.My daughter is a casual labourer working away from home and what she gets is not enough to support us.She comes home once in a month leaving me with all the responsibilities.I sometimes experience chest problems which prevent me from doing some of the work here at home.