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Radi
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
23
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Kenya Large Transfer
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES ($316 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the coming year and beyond, my family's vision includes not only expanding our farming activities to more pieces of land for increased harvests and income but also reducing the daily expenses on purchasing milk from the neighborhood for my family of five. Currently, I spend at least $2 per day on milk, and my plan is to buy a dairy cow that can provide milk for my three children, thereby cutting down this cost. I aim to save and accumulate enough funds to find a suitable breed that can thrive in our immediate surroundings, and once I achieve this, I will use the money to purchase the cow. By doing so, I hope to enhance our farming endeavors while ensuring a steady supply of milk for my family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done an excellent job that has brought happiness to all of us. The direct transfer of money to our accounts, without any expectations or demands in return, was truly the best aspect of the support. We appreciated the cash assistance as it allowed us to make decisions that directly impacted our lives. I hope that other villages will have the same opportunity to experience this kind of support and empowerment.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Even before receiving support from GiveDirectly, my dream was to venture into farming and expand my agricultural activities. Though I had a small piece of land, it proved sufficient for producing enough food and surplus to sell. With the last transfer, I decided to invest in hybrid tomato seedlings from a well-known farm in Naivasha, which cost $380. Transportation back home added an additional $50. Many farmers have confidence in this farm, and the convenient sleeve-like containers that the seedlings come in make transplanting simple. These tomatoes have a short growth period, and I was delighted to harvest a good profit of over $500 after covering planting and maintenance costs. I am truly grateful to GiveDirectly for the support, as it has established a sustainable farming foundation for me and my family. Our goal is to expand our farming activities to more pieces of land to increase harvests and income. The remaining $20 was used to buy food for my family of five.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My goals in life to have cows,so that I can get milk from it since I have young children.And it has been a hard to get milk so with that am able to provide to them and sell some of it to get a profit and our daily usage.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Am greatful for the help that I received from givedirectly. The enrollment process was smooth and all the information we were given were clear in that we understood every bit of it. I am grateful and no complain from any member of the village.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I was pleased to get the second transfer from GiveDirectly since it allowed me to improve my farming operations. Prior to obtaining the help, I had hoped to start a farm but was unable to. I am relieved to be anticipating a bumper harvest after spending $300 on land preparation, seed purchases, and labor costs. I also used the remaining money to purchase foodstuffs and other home items.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
20000 KES
access_time over 1 year ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I remember I was at home when my neighbours passed by excitedly speaking of having received their initial cash transfers. At that time, my phone was off, making it difficult for me to check whether this was true. I felt helpless. I couldn't verify whether the information is true. Fortunately, I was able to switch it on at a later time, and upon checking my MPESA balance, I was filled with joy on realizing I had received money from GiveDirectly. Words couldn't express the joy I felt. I was relieved that the support of GiveDirectly was timely and it came at a time when I was planning on irrigation of my farm for the planting season.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The cash transfer boosted my morale and helped my young family believe in a better future. I used to borrow money from the Kenya Seed Sacco and was required to repay it with costly interest, and this proved a challenge. The cash transfer has thus uplifted my family in financial support and I'm grateful.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I'm a farmer, married with two children. Our region requires us to sufficiently irrigate our farms because of the harsh climate attributed to this area. It's tough to have a stable source of income within this region. We are however fortunate to have irrigation schemes along the river. Despite this, it's still a challenge to buy seedlings and fertilizers for our farms due to financial constraints. Upon receipt of my initial transfer, my wife and I opted to spend the entire amount of $20 on farming. This would multiply our harvest of maize and beans. It was a difficult period because of the costly prices of seedlings and fertilizers.
 
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access_time over 1 year ago
 
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
If we're able to get the cash transfer, I have a enough land to give pasture for my livestock. I plan to buy 10 both male and female cattle at $100 each and keep them for sometime, then sell at a profit. One cow or bull can be sold at $300, when well fed, from this I will be able for expand my livestock and also save on M-Pesa or even open a bank account. This means that from the savings I will be able to pay for my children's school fees and at the same time milk the cows to get milk for my family and have good tea in the morning.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I was very happy when I cultivated half and acre piece of land inherited from my family and harvested 17 bags of maize. I sold 10 bags and got $300 and stored the rest for my family. I bought 6 goats and saved the rest as emergency funds on M-Pesa.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Currently I depend on working in people's farms within the village to provide for my 2 children and wife. I weed their farms or water their plants, and get paid $2 a day and a times I may not get a casual job to feed my family. This affects me since I am not able to save and even buy a cow to help get my family milk.