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53150 KES ($524 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Had I not received transfers from give directly, I would not have been able to buy sheep, change the roof of my house, stock food or even buy new clothes. My life has improved a lot and anyone in my village can notice from the glow of my skin because lately I always take three meals in a day which was not the case in the past.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, Give Directly has transformed lives in my community and so many people have managed to build houses, paid fee for their children in schools and bought livestock. As a result of Give directly transfers, most people in my area are empowered and household conflicts have decreased.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of my second transfer to buy sheep as my investment.I have always dreamed of rearing my own sheep but I did not have enough money to purchase some. I will be able to sell them in future in case of an emergency or urgent need of money. I also bought bricks which I am planning to use in building a new house since the one I am living in is made of mud and needs to be smeared oftenly yet am not strong enough to be doing that because of my age and failing eyesight. I bought two sacks of maize which I will be consuming over a period of time waiting for the next harvest.
55000 KES ($539 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I can now afford daily meals without challenges because I have a stock of corn in the house.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment when I received the money I felt so happy because I didn't expect it and it was the first time I was receiving such an amount of money in my life.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used part of the money I received from GiveDirectly to buy livestock (cow and sheep) for rearing for future investment so that in the next one year or two I'll be having milk. A portion of the money I used to construct a kitchen to replace the previous old leaking kitchen. I also bought five bags of corn for family consumption because I didn't plow in the last season.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to buy building material and build ordinary two door semi-parmanent house for rental since that would guarantee me earning that would help me pay fees to my grandchildren who were left behind by my late daughter. I will also use the cash transfer to buy second hand clothes in bulk so that I shall be selling them at the local market at a profit, in doing this I shall be busy because I have become weaker due to age and working in the farm is not easy for me of late.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is usually in the morning when I wake up to engage in my daily routines of farming and going to the market.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced was loosing my daughter who was a bread winner in my family, her sickness drained all our family resources leaving us poor with her children to be taken to school, I have since sold all the cows that my husband left us with in paying fees to my grandchildren.