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53150 KES ($529 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
GiveDirectly has enabled me to purchase a cow. I have been much stressed on whom to get milk from to feed my children. Finding a farmer who would be willing to sell milk to me was difficult. This is because they prefer delivering it to the processing plant at higher prices. Currently, I milk my own and used it for consumption in my house and then sell that remain to the processing plant.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does well to send cash transfers to the people without any strings attached to it. This gives somebody the opportunity to achieve their dreams. Their promises are fulfilled on time. On the other hand, I do not see anything that GiveDirectly has not done well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of my second transfer to purchase a dairy cow. Before, I used to buy milk from my neighbor. This is very expensive for me because I am a casual laborer and sometimes to get this job is difficult. The other part of the transfer, I purchased the fencing wire. This assists me to partition my land in order to get enough grass for my cow. Lastly, I purchased maize using some part of the transfer. The past few years our maize production has not been doing well because it was affected by a certain disease so buying maize was the only option.
55000 KES ($540 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that we have our own cow which we didn't have before. Again, we bought a solar and battery which we use for lighting in our home. Before we converge near a fireplace to share light while I cook. I am happy to see my children studying in a well lite house every evening.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When we received these transfer from GD I felt so happy, it was around 3.15 am. I woke up and immediately shared the good news with husband, that I had received KES 55000 from Give Directly. We didn't go back to bed after receiving the cash and we proceeded to our living room to plan on how to spend the money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
We spent KES 25000 to buy a cow. We also spent KES 3000 to buy foodstuff. We also bought solar lighting at KES 8000 and a bed at KES 3500. We spent KES 6500 on clothing. We also gave out Tithe KES 5500. We are only left with KES 2000 which we will spent on buyingfarm input.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money is like an answered prayer.I am now going to own a dairy cow something that I have always yearned for.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening.This is when I am resting after fending enough for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is joblessness.I graduated with a diploma in Social work in 2012 and since then I have been jobless. I have been applying for jobs without getting any positive feedback.I am now in a state of hopelessness and I feel wasted,the sad part is that I am unable to meet my family's needs well.