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68th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 17 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My plan for the coming year is to buy a dairy cow so that I can have a lasting memory of the support I have been receiving from GiveDirectly. This cow will not only be a reminder of the assistance but also a valuable asset for my family. To achieve this goal, I plan on planting onions and selling them to generate the necessary funds. The income from selling the onions will be crucial in making my dream of owning a dairy cow a reality. This cow will provide us with milk for consumption and sale, improving our financial stability. I am optimistic that with careful planning and hard work, I will be able to accomplish this goal and honor the support that has significantly impacted our lives.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
What impressed me most about GiveDirectly was the thorough planning and the guarantee of receiving our transfers equally every month. This reliability has been immensely comforting, knowing that the support will arrive without fail. It has enabled us to manage our finances more efficiently and meet our needs without the worry. I haven't observed any inefficiencies in the program. Everything was seamlessly, and the process is clear. I am deeply grateful for the positive impact this program has had on my life and my community.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a widow and a mother of three, relying on farming to earn a livelihood. Upon receiving my most recent transfer from GiveDirectly, I prioritized buying fertilizer since it was planting season. I used $32 to purchase fertilizer and prepare my farm. Without this support, things would have been incredibly difficult for my children and me. As the sole breadwinner, I depend entirely on farming and the assistance from GiveDirectly to support my family. This support has been of great impact for us, helping to alleviate extreme poverty in ways I could never have imagined. I am so grateful for the consistent help we receive every month. It has made a profound difference in our lives, and I truly consider it a blessing.
 
64th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($18 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the coming year and beyond, I hope to be able to raise enough money and buy livestock for keeping. Initially I had some that I was keeping but I had to sell them when fee payment took a toll on me. This is a project that is very viable here at my place and does not require much capital to implement. I hope that I can be able to raise enough money through the business that I run and use the money to pay school fees for my three children in time. Once I am able to do this, then I will be able to divert all the resources that I have towards implementation of this project.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly gave us all equal amounts of money irrespective of our economic statuses. This has promoted cohesion among all the people that benefit from this program and ensured that there is mutual respect amongst all of us. Giving equal amounts of money also ensured that we have a lot of respect and agreements in the various groups that we have. I personally do not have any reservations whatsoever in how GiveDirectly conducts itself.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The money came at a time that I needed it the most. The previous day, I had taken my son to report to secondary school on his first day but I did not manage to raise enough money to pay his school fees in full. We had had to be sent home to look for the remaining amount and when I saw a message from GiveDirectly in the morning of that day, I was extremely happy and I sent my son back to school. I am so happy that the money has always supplemented the income that I make from cereal selling business and farming and has seen me pay school fees for my child as well as meet other needs of my family. It would have been very hard for me to manage all these without the help of GiveDirectly considering that I am a widowed woman.
 
60th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($20 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
"In the coming year and beyond, my focus will be on participating in merry-go-round contributions. Due to the increased cost of living, I had to stop contributing for a while. Instead, I invested in livestock, which helped me cover school fees. When the situation improves, I plan to use the funds from merry-go-round contributions to acquire more livestock. For the past four years, I haven't had any harvests, so I'm eager to allocate the income to other priority areas."
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I think GiveDirectly does a commendable job by ensuring equal treatment and providing uniform additional funds to everyone. I also find their enrollment process fair without any apparent bias."
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
"I used $10 to cover my children's school fees, and the remaining $19 went towards buying food and meeting other family needs. Without this transfer, things would have been much more difficult, and I would have had to forgo many essential expenses. I'm particularly thankful that my children have been able to attend school consistently throughout the year, which wouldn't have been possible without this assistance." with with KES 1000 and the remaining amount of KES 1900 was used to buy food for my family. I normally rely on cereal selling business which would help me meet such needs. I am a widow and I am grateful for the helping hand from the transfers. Over the recent past few months I have been able to balance the money and I am glad that one of my children is almost done with his education. Things would not have been as easy as they are without GiveDirectly transfers.
 
56th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($21 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Next year, I intend to use my future transfers to purchase two goats, each costing $30, which I will then sell once they have matured to purchase a cow for milk production. I will remember GiveDirectly for its good deeds and earn some revenue (by selling milk) through my investment in cattle farming.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly, in my opinion, does well by giving everyone equal transfers, which encourages fairness in society. We are financially empowered as a result of the transfers; our children attend school, and we can afford nutritious meals which improve our health.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have two secondary school-aged children (a son and a daughter), one in Form 1 and the other in Form 3. They each pay $30 per term, and I pay their school fees with earnings from my grocery business and money that I usually receive from GiveDirectly. To keep them at school, I used the whole of my most recent transfer to pay a portion of their school fees. Without the transfer, the children would have remained at home due to a lack of school fees. By reducing my financial debt burden at school, I have been able to enjoy a stress-free life.
 
52nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($24 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have a young heifer which I plan on selling in order to get money for school fees for my son who is joining form 1. I am planning to join a merry go round to start saving money so as to buy another heifer before the end of the year as a replacement to what I will be selling to raise school fees.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
There was no discrimination since everyone in the village is getting an equal amount of money. Furthermore, the program was well explained to us and all the safety measures were made known to us. Keep up the same spirit.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used the transfer to pay school fees for my daughter who is in high school now in form four. I send the whole amount to school where they pay KES 5000 every term and once I have cleared paying the school fees, I can spend the rest of the money on food items since the drought situation is dire. I am a widow and I have 3 children who depend on me. I do casual jobs to raise money for food.
 
48th Payment
Transfer Amount
5900 KES ($49 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
41st Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($25 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
40th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 3 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
36th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($27 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
32nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($21 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.