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53150 KES ($533 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from how it would have been if I never received the transfers because I managed to revive my sugarcane farming. Most people in my area are sugarcane farmers and this is the main activity practised which is also a symbol of wealth. My farm had been fallow for many years because I could not raise enough money from my casual labour jobs to spend on buying the required farm inputs and labour for my sugarcane farm. I am glad that through GiveDirectly transfers I am able to work on my farm again and I will be earning more income from it.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does well in allowing the beneficiaries to make choices on how to spend their transfers. The officers who visit people in their houses also give good pieces of advice on how to spend the money. I cannot point out any specific area that GiveDirectly does not do well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to revive my sugarcane farm which had been fallow for five years. I used part of the money to hire a tractor to plough my land and used the rest to buy farm inputs such as seedlings, fertilizers and fungicides as well as to hire farm labour. I am hopeful that I will earn more money after harvesting my sugarcane which will enable me to acquire the resources to venture in other projects such as poultry keeping.
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I did not have cows in my life and I have always wanted to have some. am thanking GD for making this dream come true in my life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt very good because my plans will be fulfilled of buying cows to help raise money for school fees.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my transfer on buying two cows which will help in milk production and can later sell to raise money for school fees.
access_time 10 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I have been empowered since I will be able to use the cash transfer to do sugarcane farming and buy cows. Sugarcane will generate more money at maturity and the cows shall be able to produce milk for the family and that means reduced poverty which is currently bitting in my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is usually in the evening moreso, if I were able to get some food for the family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am faced with is means of survival because getting food for my family is a problem because I am old and diabetic and working in the farms is weary and we earn very little from it that can hardly meet our daily meal needs.