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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received transfers from Give Directly I felt so happy. I knew indeed the dream of having a new kitchen and good clothes for my children shall come true. I was over joyed as I had never gotten such an amount before.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Owning three goats and a ironed roofed kitchen is the biggest difference in my daily life. I could not have managed to purchase any of these animals if I was to buy them at my cost. I thank GiveDirectly for their financial support has enabled me to achieve this. These are to me assets that I can depend on in case of any financial hardship. I am expecting them to reproduce and increase in number soon. Apart from the livestock, I also built a good kitchen. I am happy that we have a good place to cook our food and also act as a bedroom for our children.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying building materials for construction of a new kitchen. I then bought three goats as the living assets that I can lean own in case of any financial difficulties. In addition, I bought some new clothes for my children because their previous ones had worn out. The remaining amount of money I bought sufficient foodstuffs for my family and some other household expenses.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Since I am a house wife, I have been aspiring to run a shop business to keep me busy and to supplement what my husband gets as a mason. My husband gets around 40 USD a month working as a mason which is not enough to fend for the entire family. I am planning to use 300 USD of the first transfer to build and equip the shop with necessary goods I intend to sell. Therefore, receiving this money mean I will be able to keep myself busy and at the same time own a business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening. My day starts by herding my cow during morning hours. In the afternoon I tether my cow and attend to my garden of approximately 0.2 of an acre where we have planted maize to weed and to attend to my small kids in between. Its in the evening after husband comes home with food that lightens and completes my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is lack of capital to start a business. My husband gets meagre income of approximately 40 USD a month which is not enough to fend for the entire family and to save. I feel so much wasted since I stay at home doing nothing for my family. My wish now is to get another source of income and to educate my children through university and realize their dreams.