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Mary's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($512 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
School fees arrears has been my major burden in my life for the last four years. I have really struggled to ensure my children are always in school studying. This is because I had a small income from farming from a small piece of land my husband inherited from his parents and we had to boost the income with casual work which was not very consistent. Since we had other needs of the family to deal with, we were not able to pay school fees arrears for my children in time. They would be sent home regularly ad this really affected their performance in school because they were out of school most of the time while others were studying. I thank GD so much because ever since I received my transfers, my children have never been sent home again. I cleared their arrears with the transfer and since then I have been paying their arrears on a monthly basis which has helped me keep up with the payments.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I really do appreciate GD for giving everyone the transfer and not discriminating in any way. GD did their own independent criteria of those who are eligible to receive the transfer which was very helpful. Had it been the villagers to give the names of the ones to receive the transfer, then there would have been biasedness. I am glad everyone was satisfied with the mode of choosing eligible recipients. There is nothing GD did not do well according to me.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my transfer on leasing in land for planting sugarcane. I have always desired to have a sugarcane plantation but due to low income from casual work and limited farming land, I have not been able to achieve the goal. In my husband's family, they were many and as a result, they could not get a good inheritance from their parents in terms of land. This is because the little their parent's had, had to be divided amongst them. We had to put up with the little he inherited and hoped for a better future. When I received my transfer, I thought of investing but due to so many needs, I would not invest the money once hence I opted to put up a sugarcane plantation. Through the three harvests of sugarcane, I will be able to raise a good amount of money to even start a business for sustainable income for my family. The rest of the transfer I used on paying school fees arrears for my children. They had not been sent home though but I chose to pay to reduce the balance they had in school. This really helped me when others were being sent home for arrears because my children were not sent home. I felt proud as a parent for being proactive.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($549 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Initially, I did not have a milking cow and due to lack of milk, I had to use a lot of money to buy milk. The money that we were spending on the same could be put into family savings for future use. My house has also been renovated my to a condition of my desire and now it is in a decent condition,worthy for human habitation.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my money, I was very happy and felt confident because all my hope was built on this grant. Financially, I was down and was living a hand to mouth kind of life. I had a desire to repair my house but since I had no resources, nothing I could have done. At the moment, I have fulfilled my desires and have plan to use the second transfer on commercial farming.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on building materials which I have used to renovate my house. My house was in poor condition since it was built 20 years ago. I also bought two cows and three sheep for milk and for cash later respectively. Out of that, I will be able to get milk from my cows for the family and the animals I would able to sell to generate family income for our day-to-day expenditure.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will enable me to have capital to invest in sugarcane farming for family economic sustainability.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is day time, because this is when i engage myself in income generating activities that at long last bring food on the table for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship i have faced is meeting the family economic demands. My husband died in 1994 and left me with three children; the eldest was in class two and the youngest was two months old, ever since i have passed through economic hardship on how to clothe, feed, and educate them until now when they are adults. Life has been so difficult to me.