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53150 KES ($524 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In my life, livestock has become an important source of income. My son to join a college to study accounting was almost impossible because I would not have had money to pay for it. Using part of the transfers, and proceeds from livestock, he is continuing with the training well. I take care of his needs using money from selling milk and eggs. I am happy to have achieved this because of the help I got from GD.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, Give Directly did well by allowing people to make their own choices on spending the aid money. Many people benefited a lot because they met the most needed aspects of their lives. Give Directly does well in all the ways. I can't think of anything that they could do better.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on paying school fees and bought livestock. I bought a cow and 4 sheep. Both of them have multiplied. I milk the cows for the children and keep sheep to multiply for sale as live animals and get a profit.
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Clearing school fees is the biggest thing that this money that has happened in my daily life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was really very happy since I had to buy all things that I never had. My happiness was to see the whole village rejuvenated developments which started with the construction of houses.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the money I received from GD in giving out 10% to the church, bought solar lighting system and furniturebought 3 goats with the thought that after regeneration i will sell the offsprings to pay school fees, paid 20000 as school fees and also bought foodstuff
access_time almost 3 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have always wanted to rear sheep.Sheep breeding does very well in our area and provides very sufficient means of income.Receiving this money means that I will be able to buy four sheep to keep which with time will multiply.This is a store of wealth that I will later sell to pay school fees for my children.I will use the remaining amount to pay outstanding fees for my four children.As a matter of fact,my third born passed his secondary education and is scheduled to join University this year.This money will come in handy thanks to GiveDirectly
What is the happiest part of your day?
My main source of livelihood is casual work.Every morning I set out to work in a nearby farm.This work involves planting,weeding and harvesting which occupies the rest of my day.At the end of the day,I come home bearing foodstuff that I have bought from the proceeds of my labour for the day.This makes me happy because I know that my children will not sleep hungry.This is the happiest part of my day
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband drowned in a nearby river 19 years ago.My life would be different if he was still around.I have since had to bear the burden of feeding,educating as well as providing for all the needs of my children single handedly.My worry is that I may not be fully able to provide for them alone because I do not have a steady source of income.This is the biggest hardship I have faced.