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55000 KES ($536 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
When my spouse first suggested that we should start building a decent house for our family, I was first reluctant. This is because I knew that getting enough money to complete the construction work would not be an easy task. after much persuasion and encouragement that God will open a way for us, I finally agreed to the plan. Being able to continue building this house is so far the biggest difference in my daily life. I now believe that my family will soon be living in this house since the only thing remaining is the ceiling and to paint the walls. I thank God for coming into our rescue by using GiveDirectly to enable us to achieve our plan as a family.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 5 am when I received a message notification on my phone. Upon reading its contents, I could not believe what I was reading and I woke up my spouse and requested him to also read the contents of the message. After reading it, he joyously confirmed my doubts and my heart was immediately filled with happiness. I gave thanks to God for what He had done to us and I decided to go and prepare some tea so that we would celebrate as a family.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
GiveDirectly came for enrollment in my village when I had just started building a decent spacious house for my family. I had decided to leave it incomplete due to insufficient funds. When I received my first transfer, I bought some gravel, cement, sand and also paid a mason for the work of finishing building a house for my family. I am now glad since I will use the second transfer to buy the ceiling and to paint the walls. I used the remaining amount to buy some decent clothes for my family.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that i will be able to complete building my house which is half way built. All left is proper roofing, cementing the floor and painting. I will then buy two dairy cattle for milking since we spend most of our income buying milk for consumption. I personally engage in the business of buying milk from farmers in my village then selling them to a middle man who then sells the milk in big hotels in towns, thus buying my own dairy cattle means ready market for my milk
What is the happiest part of your day?
I usually spend my mornings collecting milk from my neighbours which i latter sell to the middlemen who transport it from village to town. After this, i come back home to do my household chores till midday when i prepare lunch for my family. I usually spend most of my afternoon resting after i am through with all my activities for the day as i wait for my children to come back home from school which makes this the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Initially, I used to depend fully on large scale crop farming; mainly maize and beans for a living but due to unreliable and unpredictable rainfall patterns in this area, i gave up on farming due to poor harvests. I then resolved to engage myself in the business of purchasing milk from my neighbours at a price of ksh 27 per litre and selling them to a middle man at ksh 32 per litre, which earns me a total of ksh 250 daily after selling 50 litres. My daily income is low compared to the needs of my family since i have two children studying in college and two in secondary school. This is the biggest struggle i face