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access_time 13 hours ago
"The biggest challenge we face presently is the openness of our compound. Livestock belonging to neighbours can enter our compound freely. The fence is not well reinforced. This has led to destruction of our crops and vegetables. This has really affected our ability to grow. We have piped water which could have relieved us the burden of buying most of our household items. Having good fencing around our compound could help a lot."
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access_time 14 hours ago
"In the past six months, I have drawn my happiness mainly from the rains that came a few weeks ago. It has been 3 years since we had enough rain which has led to the death of livestock and a lack of food for us. However, with the rains, it means that we will have enough pasture and water for our livestock and food for us. This has greatly delighted me."
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access_time 15 hours ago
"I have never had peace of mind for the past two years due to debts. Due to the distance, we cover to fetch water, we borrowed $800 from a microfinance bank to purchase a motorbike for transporting it. We have repaid only $200 and raising the full amount has been a challenge for us. My husband is the breadwinner and is employed as a cobbler in a nearby town. His income is unpredictable hence we have not been consistent in repaying the loan."
View Naomi's profile
access_time 1 day ago
"We have two major projects which we have set aside for the transfers. The first project is to build a house. We plan to spend about 500 dollars on this. Our house is made of mud which gets ruined by termites and water and with the transfers we will be able to build a semi-permanent house. The second project is the fencing of our farm. Since the rains have come we will be able to grow maize and wheat. However, we get disturbed by livestock which destroys our crops. I plan to use 750 dollars of the transfers to make this a success. The transfers will surely assist us."
View Irene's profile
access_time 1 day ago
"Goat keeping does well in our area, it is our mainstay economic activity and a source of livelihood. To create wealth and have disposable income we intend to purchase some additional goats, at least 10 more, this will enable us to meet our needs from the sale of them in the future. The availability of enough vegetation and water makes it ideal and timely to engage in it, especially at this time. We used to have quite a number but we sold them when we were overwhelmed by the ever-unending needs that we have to satisfy. It is from the foregoing that we arrived at a decision to use $400 of the transfers for their purchase. We are so elated about GiveDirectly transfers, it is life-changing and an enabler of dreams . We will also use part of the transfers to purchase foodstuffs to last for sometime."
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access_time 2 days ago
Jumwa received a $26 fourteenth payment.
"Since I don't have a job, I must rely on my son for financial support. Prior to three years ago, I really relied on raising crops on my farm and selling the harvest at the market to make ends meet. Since we haven't had any rain for the past three years, this isn't the situation right now, and my son has been providing me with financial support to meet my needs. I therefore spent a sizable sum of $30 to purchase a goat after receiving my match transfers. Since I no longer work on the farm, I keep myself occupied by caring for animals and moving them to the field, watering them, and keeping them healthy. The goat is an investment for the future because it will multiply in a few months, increasing my initial investment. Finally, I used the last $4 to purchase two packets of maize flour. I hardly had any food left in the house, so buying the flour was a relief because otherwise, I would have had to go to bed without food because I lacked the funds to do so. I'm thankful for the monthly transfer because it has allowed me to escape the grip of extreme poverty and become financially independent."
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access_time 3 days ago
"My happiness has come from two weeks ago. This joy has come as a result of the rains. We've not had such rains for the past two years and its coming has brought happiness not only to me but my entire household. At least we don't have to worry about water shortage. I'm very happy and thankful to God."
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access_time 3 days ago
"Food insecurity is a major problem that we face at the moment. This was occasioned by the prolonged drought, we have never received adequate rainfall for the last 3 seasons, we had planted maize and millet last season but they ended up drying because of distress from lack of water, the livestock too was affected and quite a number of them died from starvation due to inadequate pasture. We have been forced to buy the foodstuff from Marigat town, sometimes we cannot afford more so when the cost of living rose to unprecedented levels. Life has really been hard for us and we have nowhere to turn to, we are hoping against hope that things will be better this year now that we have started receiving rainfall."
View Lilian's profile
access_time 3 days ago
"Food access has been a big challenge. Most of our income is channeled towards food which is also expensive. In this village, growing food is hard and especially because of the drought. This has also led to water shortage making it difficult to grow. All this has made it hard getting food, affecting our ability to get adequate food. We mainly depend on the casual job my husband acquired outside the village. This a times may not be enough for our sustainance."
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access_time 7 days ago
Sidi received a $26 fourteenth payment.
"I am always excited to get GD transfers. I jumped up and down when I got my transfers this month. This money always plays an important role in keeping my family afloat. I am a charcoal seller and maker, this is what I rely on. My husband moves around alot he is a police officer and does not make much. We rely solely on his income but sometimes delays in his getting paid causes a lack at home and this is where GD transfers come in. It always allows me to pay for my children's school fees as well as buy food for our home. I also joined a merry go round where I send a monthly payment of $10. I use $10 for my childrens school fees monthly and I always buy them books which take about $4 monthly. This month I also bought water for $3 as this includes transportation."
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