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access_time 20 days ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Our place is dry and water is so scarce. Someone has to trek for 5 kilometers to find water in the borehole. I am not able to cover such distance because of my old age, I, therefore, buy from water vendors. It is against this backdrop that I intend to purchase a water tank for water harvesting to save me from the trouble of looking for water. I plan to purchase a water tank worth $ 250, this will be a major reprieve for me, I am so elated about the idea and looking forward to fulfilling the dream of owning a water tank that has eluded me for a long now since I could not afford.I am eternally grateful for the help from GiveDirectly. I will use the rest of the money to purchase foodstuffs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
There is little to be happy about. I just live a day at a time, there are more problems to worry than what bring happiness. It is only recently that the government released cash transfers for the elderly which had stopped for some time and I was happy that at least I will get something to buy food.I will go for it this week at Marigat and use it to buy household goods and foodstuff. This is a year of blessings and I anticipate that life will be better.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am faced with a myriad of challenges but top on the list is food insecurity. I buy food from the nearby shopping center but their cost has since spiraled up and I can hardly afford it, 1 kg of flour retails at $1 which to me is high. The situation is further worsened because of my old age. I cannot do casual jobs to earn a living because I am feeble and so I depend on government cash transfers for the elderly though they are meager. I live a life of despair, destitution, and loneliness. My wife passed on almost 20 years ago and so I am left on my own, nobody assists me safe for my children when their visit.