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53150 KES ($501 USD)
access_time 19 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different from how it was in that I have cows that I bought using the transfer. I had sold my two cows when I needed money urgently hence did not have any when this organization came to our village. I also started my own business. I operate a restaurant. I get a minimum of 700 KES which I could get from casual jobs in a span of two weeks. I attribute my success to this organization
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly is an honest organization that enabled us to uplift our living standards through unconditional cash transfer. Most people have bought solar lanterns and even cows that they did not own before. Their is nothing that did not go well. I count myself lucky being one of the participants because I left doing casual jobs and now I own a restaurant.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent a large portion of my transfer to purchase a parcel of land worth 35000KES. I wanted to expand my piece of land with the purpose of planting tomatoes, beans, and vegetables. I had been planting in the forest. The land belongs to the government. The foresty department has always been on my neck. I am grateful that now, I will be using my own parcel of land. This has also relieved me from unforeseen worries that I had. Besides that, I managed to boost my restaurant. I added more utensils which were a major issue. Buying heifer was also on my plan and having it means a lot to me. It is one of my future assets that I count myself lucky owning.
55000 KES ($548 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the reduced casual labour that I normally do to gather for my basic needs. I am now a self employed person having opened my business of restaurant. I used to go for casual labour in a very far place from home. I also got very little from the casual works that I engaged in. The thought of moving from being a casual laborer to that of being self employed is just mind blowing for me. I feel so much indebted to GiveDirectly and the impact it has had on my life over a short time.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt so happy the moment I received money from GiveDirectly. It was not until late in the morning that day that I checked my phone and found out that I had indeed received money from GiveDirectly. We had waited longer than expected and the dates that we had been promised had long elapsed. I was personally almost giving up thinking that I was no longer going to receive the money. I went back to the drawing board and reorganized myself on how I was going to spend the money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used part of my first transfer to buy a dairy cow worth KES 27000. I had always looked forward to owning a dairy cow since I knew this would at least reduce the cost of living by relieving me from buying milk. This was however not to be until I received money from GiveDirectly. The little income that I got from my daily casual jobs at people's farms was hardly enough to meet the cost of the basic household needs especially food. On top of that I used part of the remaining amount to open a small business that has further changed my life by a great extent. The fast foods restaurant that I opened at a nearby shopping center has seen me reduce the amount of casual work that I engage in and concentrate on my business. This has equally improved my living standards and made my family and I happier. I also remained with a small amount of money that saw me buy iron sheets as I purpose to build a new house. The current house that I am staying in is so small and is not located in a safe place.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money mean I will be able to own a dairy cow. I have been aspiring to own a dairy cow since I will sell milk and improve on my life (to buy household items like table, chairs, and food). I am planning to buy a dairy cow of 300 USD and the remaining 200 USD, I will use to improve my house since the one I am in, is too small.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My normal day starts early in the morning by looking for any casual work that I can do either within the village or outside. My happiest part of my day is normally in the morning after getting a job and knowing that I will be able to get food in the evening or after accomplishing what I have been assigned to do.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
As a peasant farmer, I have been unable to start my own family owing to the fact that I don't have enough money. The little I get (Approximately 2 USD a day) from working in other people's farm (i.e digging, weeding, fencing) as a casual laborer is hardly enough to start my own family. Also getting that casual work is hard to come by. The biggest hardship I have faced in life is lack of finance to cater for daily needs.