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53150 KES ($512 USD)
access_time 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Owning the pair of oxen has made my life to be so different so far. I am so sure they will help me in my farming activities. I always hire the pair of oxen from my neighbours and sometimes do the tilling by myself when I fail to afford the fee. But with the pair of oxen that I have, I will be able to plough at ease and to add on that I will be hiring them to my neighbors at a fee. This will be my major source of income since in my village there are few people who own the oxen hence the demand is high. Had it not the coming of GiveDirectly, I could not have achieved all these.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirecty has brought a positive impact in my village. First, most of us now have livestock like cows and many more. We were not expecting to own them anytime soon because of our financial difficulties. Secondly, the number of children going to school has really increased. This is because previously some were dropping out of school due to lack of school fees. But the coming of GiveDirectly has made everything to change positively. All children are now in school studying without any disturbances. Lastly, the permanent houses that we own. Majority of us could not imagine someday we could sleep under such descent houses which are iron roofed. It was really hectic especially in winter seasons, our hats were ever leaking. Thanks to this organization for coming into my village. I have never heard or seen people complaining about this organization because it has done a perfect job in my community.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of my second transfer on buying some building materials for finishing up the construction of my house. I had started constructing it using the first transfer but the materials got finished. Currently, the house is complete. I then bought an ox plough for my ox which I had bought it using my first transfer as well. I then cleared fees arrears for my children to avoid the issue of being sent home every now and then to collect school fees. With the remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuffs for my children and I.
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference that the transfer has brought in my daily life is that it is only through GiveDirectly money that I was able to buy an ox, which previously I didn't have. I am planning to add another ox so that they can make a pair that will relieve me of the burden of hiring from neighbours. This has been costly, and with a pair, I will channel the money on other projects.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the notification early in the morning as I was weeding my farm,.Being in the mood of expecting money from GD, I was curious to know what the message was all about. I asked my son who was with me at that particular time to confirm what the message was about. On checking, he confirmed that there was a lot of money on my phone. Indeed GD had sent me the first transfer! I felt so happy and thankful to God and to GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of my first transfer to buy an ox to help me in ploughing my land. Initially, I was hiring at a fee from my neighbours which was too costly and it took a lot of time before getting an opportunity for my farm to be cultivated due to the many people who also wanted the same service. I also spent some amount of money to buy four goats for domestic rearing and also as financial security for the future of my children's education. In addition to all these, I bought Iron sheets and some other building materials to construct my new house since the old one I was living in was in a bad state that was beyond repair, and it would constantly leak in times of rains for the roof was grass thatched. I can't forget mentioning buying clothes and enough food for my family.
access_time almost 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will enable me to start a business of buying and selling goats at Bamba market. This is because the goat business usually thrives during the festive seasons and during occassions like funerals. I will be able to capitalize on those events so that I can be able to pay school fees for my children for them to complete their education while I also earn a living.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am always happiest at noon especially when I manage to prepare some lunch for my family. This is because it is always rare for us to sit together as a family to share a meal during this time due to inadequate food caused by the poor harvest. Therefore, being able to provide even porridge at this time of the day makes me happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
In my previous harvest, I only got one bag of maize which only lasted two weeks. This made us to face the biggest hardship of our life which is hunger because we have not been able to eat proper meals as a family. At times we only take breakfast and supper and this has affected the health and nutrition of my family.