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53150 KES ($523 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have been able to expand my agriculture business, I plant vegetables and I used to plant with seeds of poor quality, but that has changed since now I can plant tomatoes and vegetables of good quality and my agriculture business is now expanding. I see my life progressing in a way I never thought would happen and I will always be grateful to GiveDirectly for coming to our village, and if possible please come back so as to help us and other people that have not received this money.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
in my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well since it has empowered the poor to alleviate poverty. People have been able to construct storey houses, and buy cattle for agriculture.
There have been myths going around about GiveDirectly that have been confusing me but I am well informed now.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
My mother recently passed on and I used almost the money for her burial arrangements. The little I was left with I bought some food and sugar which was mainly used to feed people who came to give their condolences. I am grateful to GiveDirectly, if not for the money they sent I would not know how I would have handled the situation.
55000 KES ($536 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Initially, I could purchase most of my farm produce on credit and my expenses on purchasing water were high and alarming to the extent of competing with the revenue generated at the end of the farming season but that I going to change once I purchase the generator. The water supply will be efficient and cost-effective in return the produce from the farm will increase resulting in a bumper harvest and increased profit margins.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was very happy upon receipt of my recent transfers. At first, I was not sure if the money was intentionally sent to me or someone somewhere had accidentally forwarded the money to my number. I read through the mpesa message then I realized that it was the money I have been expecting from GD. Without wasting any minute I dressed up quickly and dashed out running as fast as my legs could carry me to the nearby market center. I boarded a motorcycle to our major town where I purchased my farming equipment which I had longed to buy but finances were not enough. I went back home with a big smile on my face one could think I had just won a lottery.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I am a farmer who grows tomatoes, vegetables, and Maize though I live in semi-arid areas where water supply is not guaranteed. Next to my farm is a river that never dries up. Upon receiving my recent transfers, I bought pipes, a pump, hybrid seeds, fertilizer and the remaining amount I deposited as an installment in an electronic shop for the future purchase of a generator that will help me pump water to my farm. This will enhance my farming and result in a better harvest.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money makes me so happy. I will use it to buy a generator that will help me pump water to my farm where I majorly grow tomatoes.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I am resting after a hard days work .
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face i currently is not having a wife. Being HIV positive has made this impossible since every companion I came across does not want someone who is sick. This has left me lonely.