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Mary
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
50
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES
access_time over 5 years ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is so different in that I bought a donkey that I use for transport business within and outside the community. I usually transport farm harvest like maize and arrowroot that are grown in places that are inaccessible by other means of transportation like vehicles. People have preferred my services being that they are reliable and cost effective. A day hardly passes without being invited to take up a duty which in turn is a source of income. I am able to provide for my family's basic needs without going around looking for casual labor like before. I invested some part of the transfer in arrow roots farming. Arrowroot does well in the wetlands where I own a piece of land and there is ready market both locally and upcountry. I have hope in life with better ways of income due to the transfers I received. Thanks to GiveDirectly.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has used the most effective and efficient method of sending transfer, very secure and confidential, cost effective with no complicated procedures as with other organizations. However, more funds could be available for those who made best use of the transfers.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I invested the second transfer on arrowroot farming. I have some piece of land in the wetlands where arrowroot does well. There is a ready market within local community and upcountry hence no shortage of customers. This farming has become a very important source of income for my family as the money we get from the sales are channelled to the education of my daughter who is in secondary level. I used some part of the transfer to do sugarcane farming as well. I believe that in the next two years, I shall be an employer and not looking for casual labor as before.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference is that even with visitors around cooking can carry on with minimal disruptions in a more secretive place. This makes me comfortable to host my church members for a fellowship at any time and any day which was not the case before when I used to cook in the living room.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was very happy when I first received my transfer. I knew that finally, I was going to build a kitchen and stop cooking in my living room.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
When I received my first transfer I opted to build a kitchen. Previously I have been cooking in the living room and this was very awkward especially when visitors were around. Each time I felt embarrassed. So I bought building materials to put a decent kitchen right next to my house and now I am a happy mother who has a kitchen.
 
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to start poultry rearing. I am planning to start poultry rearing because it is easier to start and poultry have a ready market. I previously worked as a casual employee to a rich man in our village who reared poultry and I gained a lot of knowledge from him and this transfer will now enable me to start my own. The eggs produced by the chicken will be used both for our consumption and the rest will be sold to get money to meet our other medical and school fees needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is usually in the evening. I always wake up to heavy work in the farm and with the scorching sun and the hardship involved I really get tired, but it brings joy in that during the time I am in the farm, few customers come to buy vegetables and when I get back home, I do have some money to budget for food to my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced was wrong choice of investment. I decided to plant tomatoes thinking that there shall be rains, but due to prolonged drought, they dried up making me to lose that is why I feel i should change to poultry farming that is not easily affected by weather.