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Justus's family
Motorcycle or bicycle taxi
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($542 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
If I could not have received money from give directly I am very sure I could not have managed to lease land and planted sugarcane in it. I could continue cultivating my small farm that I was cultivating before. But now I am very sure of getting more produce that will lead to more profit.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion give directly did very well by giving people phones because some of us have never own a phone in their life and this was a privilege to us. It was also a good thing that the money was being sent direct to our phone and not using third party for money to reach us.l am happy and pleased with their system helping the needy. I did not see any thing that Give directly did not do well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent most of the cash transfer to lease two hectares of land where I have planted sugarcane in a large scale. I have never planted sugarcane in that scale because I had a very small farm and even a part from having a small piece of land, I was not able to cultivate a bigger portion of land using my own hands as I used to work before when I had a small piece of land. So also hired a tractor that tilled the whole farm being that it was too big that I was not able to caltivate it using my hand. I am very grateful to give directly for helping achieve my dream of longing to plant sugarcane in large scale. out of this I will be able to sell the sugarcane to the factory and get money that will enable pay school fee for my children with ease. I also spent the transfer to pay school fee for my daughter who was sent home for school fee arrears, i am glad the money came at the right time before she took too long at home. She is now back to school learning without worrying of being sent home. The remaining balance I spent to buy dairy cow as my future investment. Dairy cow is a very profitable investment since once it has reproduced I will be able to get milk out of it and sell it to the community and get money for my daily use.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($540 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference is that my house is now stable having a built a stronger wall. My previous house was almost falling off due to weak mud walls. I also own a cow which makes me a proud man whenever I graze it around my compound.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was very happy I knew that my plans were going to be actualized. I quickly called my mother and informed her of the transfers.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I was staying in a grass-roofed house which was almost falling off and it was seriously leaking when it rained, the walls had also become weak and were almost collapsing. Immediately I received my transfer from Give Directly I decided to plaster the walls so that they become decent and stronger. I also bought a steel door and windows to replace the old wooden ones and the remaining amount I bought a cow for rearing.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means improved living standards for my household. I would like to spend the transfer on buying a cow that hopefully will provide me with milk to improve my diet. I would also like to spend the remaining part to pay dowry to my in- laws.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I get some little money from motorcycle operation and buy food for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing in life is unreliable source of income. I depend on motorcycle operation that is of high competition and little income.