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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was on 17th December at 12pm when I was preparing lunch. I had been told by my husband that he was on his way and when I heard the message notification I thought it was him but then it was not. It was the GiveDirectly transfer and I was so happy that I immediately called my husband to tell him of the good news.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
We now have a cow and we will soon be milking when it calves and will reduce the burden of buying milk as we have always bought milk. Since I got married, having a cow is what I have always wanted to have and I am grateful to GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
We bought a cow that is about to calf and completed a house we had been building and had stalled for a very long time. I bought 2 sheep and their lambs . We rented a land and bought clothes for our family.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I will use this money to buy a cow and a sheep. I have planned to buy one cow but I haven't save enough money yet. My priority is a cow because it will help me to cut down cost of purchasing milk. Getting this money is a big opportunity for me to actualize my projects at once because this money will be enough to fund all projects that I have at the moment.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning at 7am to 8am when I take breakfast with my kid. It is in this time when I plan my daily chores and I hope to finish them before 6pm. When I start performing daily chores the day become somehow hectic and busy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship I have faced is when I drop out of collage in the year 2017 and decided to get married. Since then life has never been good to me, my parents disowned me, my husband is not able to raise money so that I go back to school. We even struggled to meet our basic needs such as food and clothing.