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Elvinah
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
66
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($463 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I had planned on purchasing building materials ready to build a good house for the family. The goats rearing project was also one of my main concerns, I did not have a new goal. I am so happy because I have fulfilled the two agendas and I am so grateful for the support.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does well by giving money to the poor in the community to improve their standard of living. Most of the people who received the money spent it well. Some build better houses, paid school fees for their children in various schools and some invested in diary-keeping projects. I do not find anything that GiveDirectly did not do well since they fulfilled all their promises.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 7,000 to pay the debt that I had borrowed from a friend. I am so happy because I have always wished to settle this but I did not have some money before. I spent KES 4,000 to rent a piece of land for farming. I do farming and I hope to get a good harvest this season. KES 14,000 I spent on purchasing two dairy goats. This is a project that I had always wanted to start before. I am so grateful because the goats has given birth and I currently get milk for the family. Goats reproduce twice per year and I consider this as one of the best projects with a higher rate of return. I spent the rest of the money on food and building material. I am planning on building a better house for the family. Finally, I saved some amount to pay workers who will be doing the construction.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($486 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was going about my daily house chores activities when I heard my phone vibrate. Upon checking, it was an MPESA message bearing a receipt of funds from Give directly. I was super excited because I was now ready to initiate the plans I had.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is owning the sheep knowing that I have future investment and can cater to any emergency that can occur. I am so grateful to God and Give directly for the support.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With the first Ksh.20,000 of my transfer, I bought three sheep. These were going to be an addition to the ones I had since I had always thought of investing in livestock so that it can cater to my future expenses. I also purchased Iron sheets and timber worth Ksh.7,700 which I used to build a place to keep the sheep since I do not have enough land where they can graze freely. With Ksh.3,000 of my transfer, I used to till my land and bought seeds for planting. Am now happy that will be having enough maize for consumption. I also spent Ksh.1,700 in buying a knapsack which I used to spray domestic animals. I am happy that I own one compared to before when I used to move around borrowing from neighbors. I also bought a Sunking solar light worth Ksh.6,000.This has been of great help since I can be able to use it as a source of power and also charge my phone at the same time. With the remaining amount, I saved to cater for the daily purchase of foodstuff.
 
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access_time 10 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Recieving this money would mean a better house for me and good nutrition in my old age. The house I am currently living is grass-thatched and mud wall which is risky for my health. I also don't have a cow to milk though it has been has been my desire to have one. I plan to spend KES.60,000 to build a new house and KES.40,000 to buy 3 goats and one cattle for milk production. I have been a single mother and I totally depend on farming which has always been demoralizing to us here since the weather is unfriendly to our crops and eventually we end up not harvesting.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happy during evening , because this is when I can relax after a long day in the farm, and since I enjoy what I do , it's also time to call for other farmers who can give me some casual jobs for the following day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Living as a single mother has been a tall order to me, I have to go an extra mile in searching for food and this means leaving my house in the morning to go look for casual jobs like weeding in the neighboring farms.