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53075 KES ($512 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
After my spouse passed away I was left with the responsibility of taking care of my family with the livelihood of casual work in my villager under the plantation sector.Truly speaking this burden was too much for me because the income was meager to take care of my family members.Most of the times my children missed meals which made them suffer from deficiencies. I would cry out not knowing where I could find assistance since my in-laws and relatives had disown me saying they also had responsibilities to take care of. My life is different in that I own a dairy cow which my family gets milk for consumption. This has greatly shown alot of difference in their health since they are assured of taking milk on those days when I do not have money to buy food. In addition, I planted sugarcane as another way of investing the transfers I got from GiveDirectly. I am hoping in a few months I will earn a decent amount of money from the sales of the sugarcane then use on other development projects of my family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did well through giving the exact amount they had promised without a fail. This disappointed some of the villagers who had refused to participate in the project due to the propaganda that went around the village which was GiveDirectly was associated to illuminati at the community entry stage. All in all I do not see what GiveDirectly did wrong at their work.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on buying a dairy cow 20,000 KES . The remaining amount was spent on buying hybrid sugarcane seeds and hire laborers to help on the preparation of my farm. I am glad that I made the decision of cultivating sugarcane worth 30,000 KES since it will serve as a source of income after selling it in the nearby factory.
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that l am now staying in a very comfortable house where l do not need to worry.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was so happy when I receive the money. I felt like I have come out of bondage of poverty
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent most of the transfer to build spacious iron roofed house, since l was staying in a very small thatched leaky uncomfortable house where l was being rained on any time it is raining. The remaining balance l spent to buy food for my family.
access_time almost 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to build a better house for my family as I will buy materials like iron sheets and poles. I will spend part of the transfer on paying school fees for my children and the remainder on starting a business of selling kales.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when I prepare lunch for my children. This makes me happy because I love when my children are able to eat during the day because supper is not a guarantee.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face in my life is that I am a widow and it is a challenge for me to pay school fees for my children ever since my husband died.