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55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Previously, I would buy milk from other people in the village, and when we didn't have money, we could opt to take tea without milk and as a result, my children nutritional status deteriorated. My life is now different in that I have bought a dairy cow which delivered two weeks after buying it. With the dairy cow, I have enough supply of milk hence I do not buy milk anymore and at the same time, my children are healthy due to taking milk on a daily basis. The surplus milk I sell earns me an extra income.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did well by conducting door to door enrollment which enabled them to select the genuine poor individuals in the community. On the other hand, I do not feel there is anything Give Directly is not doing well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the larger part of my second transfer to pay school fees 45,000 KES for my son who is high school fees and now I am glad that he recently completed high school education without any school fees arrears. The remaining transfer bought clothing for my children as well.
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have a cow and this has brought a sense of belonging since I am like the rest of my neighbours.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the money I felt very happy because people had said it was a lie buy then I knew it wasnt a lie.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of my first transfer on purchasing a dairy cow for milk production and repaid a loan that I had taken in the merry-go-round. Part of the money went purchasing clothes for my five children and finally bought food that we ate as a family.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money to me better education for my children. I plan to use the funds to pay school fee for my children and ensure their learning is not disrupted because of school fee balances.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happiest in the evening when we are together as a family shairing a meal and talking about the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is having my children sent away from school because of lack of school fee. This has affected their perfomance and made me stressed up.