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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 was very excited because I knew my plans have been fulfilled.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I used to live in a small old mud-house and I my sons had already started constructing for me another decent spacious house. Due to the harsh economic times they experienced, the project had already stalled due to lack of finances. Give Directly transfers was a major breakthrough because I was able to complete the house and moved in already. My life has so far changed because being an old grandmother, I can easy clean the new house with cemented floor without having to depend on my daughter in-laws as well as big enough to accommodate my visitors mostly grandchildren whenever they visit. I am more happier than before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent the money I received from Give Directly to complete the construction of my new house which had stalled due to lack of finances. I also purchased one heifer and spent the rest on purchasing enough foodstuff to last us for a while
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
My ambition has always been to own a dairy cow. I find it inappropriate to share the produce from the cow my son owns. Owing to this, I am planning to use $300 of my first transfer to buy a dairy cow and use the rest to complete the house which stalled halfway with the hope that I will accomplish the construction without much struggle.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Waking up healthy and seeing a new day brings joy in my heart. Since I am old, I barely do nothing to fend for my family. I spend almost the entire day doing nothing apart from doing normal household chores at time (such as washing utensils and fetching firewood). I feel delighted to see a new day which makes my morning the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Since I am getting old and feeble, I have been unable to work and save enough to buy a dairy cow leave alone to complete a stalled house. I now depend on my last born son to cater for my household needs which I feel I am burdening him. Therefore, financial constrain has been the biggest hardship I have faced in life.