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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I do not know how to read and whenever I receive text messages, they do not bother me. On the day the transfers were sent, my son came telling me that he had received the transfers and he wanted to check my phone to see if I had also received it. On checking the phone, the transfer message was there and I was very happy and I knelt down to thank God and GiveDirectly.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is that we are enjoying good food that we could not afford before. I am happy that my sons have their own house to sleep since they used to ask for a place to sleep from their friends.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I built a house for my 2 sons since they did not have a place to sleep. I also paid school fees for my son who is in college. The remainder of the transfer was spent on food.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am an aged widow. As such, receiving this money means that I shall be well-nourished in the future. This is because I will buy another cow since I have only one now. As a result, I will have sufficient milk for consumption and selling any surpluses to earn some income for purchasing other food items. Thank you GiveDirectly for making my future more promising.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Since I am now aged, I usually move around in my compound checking on how my family members are fairing. Hence, the happiest part of my day is in the evening when I am retiring to bed knowing that each family member is fairing on well. This means there is a continuity of life in my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I lost my husband about five years ago and life has been tough because we no longer have a source of income for our livelihood. He was a retired games ranger and we used to depend on his pension, especially to buy food. Since my age has significantly advanced, I cannot manage to handle certain jobs. Precisely, I am depending on donations from my children to survive. So, his demise served as the biggest hardship I have faced because he used to provide for us.