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William's family
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Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES ($338 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Living in a small, grass-thatched house with muddy walls has been tough, especially when it leaks during the rainy season. After being displaced by floods, my family and I had to relocate and settle in a temporary house because we didn't own the land. However, through hard work and determination, I managed to buy a quarter-acre of land with the dream of building our own home. Now, I am planning to use my final transfer from GiveDirectly, I am excited to begin constructing a better, more secure house for my family. This new home will provide us with a more comfortable living environment.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
What touched me about GiveDirectly’s approach was the unconditional cash transfer, which has greatly benefited my family. This flexibility has had a positive impact, sparking numerous changes and developments within our community, including new houses, new businesses, increased livestock, and enhanced farming activities. The officers from GiveDirectly were respectful and patient, which made me feel valued and respected. Their fair and free enrollment process enhanced equity, and impressively, there was no political involvement, which is quite rare. I chose to enroll with GiveDirectly willingly after their officers explained everything about the organization in detail before enrollment. I hope GiveDirectly continues with this same approach, as it has greatly benefited our community and has been a great experience for all of us involved.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With the final transfer I received, I made a strategic decision to invest in livestock to secure a more sustainable future for my family. I bought a cow for $250, primarily to provide us with milk, which is essential for my young children as they are at a high risk of malnutrition. The cow will not only cater to our immediate needs but, as it breeds, I plan to sell them in the future to cover school fees for my children. Additionally, I invested in two more goats, costing $50 each, adding to the three I previously acquired. Goats thrive in our harsh climatic conditions and their quick multiplication will allow me to sell some for extra income, which I'll use to pay for school fees and meet other family needs. My focus remains steadfast on my children’s education and ensuring they can continue their studies without financial hindrance. I never had the opportunity to attend school due to security issues and financial constraints, which eventually led to my reliance on casual jobs and charcoal production alongside my wife-an unsustainable means for our family of six. To further alleviate our situation, I also purchased two bags of maize for $90 to help address our immediate food shortages. I am deeply thankful to GiveDirectly for their support, which has been instrumental in these investments and in planning a brighter future for my children.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
20000 KES ($123 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Receiving a message after an alert filled me with immense joy, and upon checking, I instantly recognized it as being from GiveDirectly when I saw the exact amount I had been expecting. At the time, I was at home alone around 3:00 PM. Despite my excitement; being alone meant I could not share the news with my children right away since they were not at home yet. I spent the day carefully planning, and the following day, I collected the funds to set my plans going. This moment marked not only a financial boost but also a hopeful step toward realizing the goals I had planned.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since I received the first transfer from GiveDirectly, the biggest difference in my daily life revolves around achieving family stability across various aspects. Previously, the struggles in securing casual labor, which was crucial for buying daily necessities for my family of five, have significantly reduced. This transformation is evident in the assurance that I now have enough food for my children, allowing me to focus on my goat farming without the constant worry about their well-being. Consequently, my children are well-fed and dressed appropriately, and their education is progressing positively. The financial relief from the initial transfer has not only mitigated the challenges of daily survival but has also fostered an environment of stability and well-being within my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After returning from my initial home due to tribal conflicts between the Pokot and Tugen, I found myself alone, caring for my four children as my wife left to remarry a year later. When I received the recent transfer, I promptly went to the nearby shopping center, Marigat, to collect the money. I invested $110 in buying two goats, adding to my existing herd of 17, aiming to rebuild my livestock assets that were significantly reduced during the conflicts. To sustain my family, I spent $45 on purchasing foodstuff, particularly a sack of maize. Allocating $10, I bought clothes for three of my four children, and the other $3 covered school fees arrears for the fourth child who never got a pair of new clothes. Formerly reliant on unreliable casual labor, which often led to selling goats for income, I am pleased to stabilize my finances. With aspirations to construct a new house, I initiated the process by hiring labor for $40 to dig the foundation. My current grass-thatched house motivates me to improve our living conditions, and I am grateful for the support, looking forward to further enhancements for my family's well-being.
access_time 9 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
We live in dilapidated and squalid conditions, just a makeshift structure that I constructed when we came here after we were displaced. The state of the house is so bad that when it rains it lets in water and makes the house uncomfortable and uninhabitable. We have had to endure suffering for long now since we lack the means to construct a better house. Nothing beats the joy we experienced when we heard about the transfers, it is an assurance that God remembers even the downtrodden and the have-nots. We are now certain more than ever that we will build a better house from the money and at last afford to live and lead a decent life. I intend to use $500 for the construction to its completion. My children's clothes are tattered and the bedding is not enough so I will use the rest of the money to purchase them and to meet other household needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Some of the goats had dispersed during the melee of the raid by the bandits and I relocated with them here. They have since multiplied and this has brought hope and joy to us. Goat keeping is a source of livelihood for us. About 5 of them gave birth recently so the milk productivity has increased, I used the milk to prepare tea for my children. Other times like last month I sold a goat to buy foodstuffs. At least I have somewhere to turn to when things gets tough.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
We are trying to settle and reconstruct our lives after we were displaced by bandits from Pokot on our ancestral lands in Arabal. Life took a nosedive and it has never been the same, my family disintegrated as a result. My wife left me after the displacement since she could not stand to start a new life in a different land. I am left to fend for my two children on my own which is not easy since I have to play both roles of a mother and a father. This makes my life hard and it pains me a lot. I lost everything I had, they stole almost all the livestock I had save for a few that escaped and so I had to start again which has not been easy. I am far from recovering.