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Michael's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Large Transfer
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES ($311 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the upcoming year and beyond, my aspiration is to diligently strive towards raising the necessary school fees for my children, who are on the verge of completing their secondary education. For the pair of children, I plan to expand my involvement in the farming endeavors that I initiated with the support of GiveDirectly, focusing on cultivating a 2-acre plot with maize. The proceeds generated from these efforts will be channeled towards covering my children's school fees, alongside other essential household expenses.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Working with GiveDirectly has been an incredibly positive journey, and I express deep gratitude for the remarkable changes witnessed in our village. Previously, numerous individuals in our village struggled to pay school fees, engage in agricultural ventures, or undertake housing projects, but thanks to GiveDirectly's assistance, these transformations became attainable realities. The monetary support provided by GiveDirectly was adeptly tailored to meet the unique needs of each household, which was highly appreciated. While we acknowledge the three rounds of support received, we remain hopeful for continued assistance and aspire to see this initiative expanded to benefit other villages in similar need.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon receipt of the third transfer, I faced specific, time-sensitive priorities, necessitating careful budgeting and decision-making. With constrained resources, I had to narrow down my choices to a select few. Prior to addressing the imminent deadlines, I focused on settling the school fee arrears for my three children—two of them in secondary school and one in primary school—amounting to $300. I am pleased that they enjoyed an uninterrupted term at school. I allocated the remaining amount to buy essential household items for my family of seven, encompassing staples like maize and sugar, totaling $150. Previously, our livelihood relied on subsistence farming and livestock raising, despite the challenges posed by harsh weather conditions. Periodically, I sell the yield and livestock offspring to manage our household expenses. We immensely appreciate the support from GiveDirectly, and I anticipate leveraging the proceeds of the ongoing projects to achieve even more in the future.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES ($326 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the upcoming year and beyond, my aspiration is to establish a thriving business that will generate additional income. To accomplish this goal, I plan to set aside a portion of the proceeds from my farming activities as savings. With unwavering determination and diligent effort, I firmly believe that I can transform this dream into a reality. I am confident that my hard work and dedication will pave the way for the success and growth of my envisioned business venture.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The freedom to utilize our transfer funds according to our individual needs was truly captivating. This allowed us to allocate the money towards things that held significance for us. Furthermore, the field officers who visited our home displayed the utmost respect and consideration. Their presence and interactions left us overjoyed and grateful for the substantial improvements brought about by GiveDirectly's assistance. In my entire experience, I did not encounter anything that required correction, as everything was flawlessly executed. I am immensely appreciative of the support received, as it has positively transformed our lives in ways we could not have imagined.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Receiving financial support from GiveDirectly felt like a true blessing, and I considered it a sacred opportunity to make wise use of the funds. As a farmer and a parent to five children, I recognized the need for a significant improvement in our sanitation practices. Therefore, I decided to invest $250 in the construction of a pit latrine, a vital addition that replaced the primitive practice of relieving ourselves in the bush. Additionally, I allocated $100 towards paying my children's school fees, prioritizing their education. Lastly, I utilized $60 to purchase a sack of maize, ensuring our food security. All these endeavors were previously unattainable due to financial limitations. The assistance we received from GiveDirectly has not only raised our living standards but also granted us a sense of financial independence. We will forever be grateful for the transformative support provided.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
18010 KES ($134 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt so happy the moment I received money from GiveDirectly. I had a lot of doubts when we were trained before enrollments. I could not figure out how someone would be willing to give me such a huge amount of money without expecting any returns whatsoever. We did not make any harvests from our farms the previous year and life was that tough for us. Having five children that I take care of and farming being the main activity that I do made things a little tougher for us. Getting this support was such a relief to me and my family at such a time as this.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is in what I have been able to achieve with the money. The fact that we have averted hunger during such a time and the school fees that I have fully paid for my two children who are in secondary school makes me really happy and peaceful. Had I not received these transfers then things would have been tough. This is because the livestock that I have been depending on to pay such fees and meet other expenses have also been badly affected by the prevailing drought. My whole family is happier than we have ever been in our lives. We look forward to achieving much more with the remaining transfers.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received my most recent transfer of $180, I used $45 to buy a table and another $58 was used to buy maize for family consumption. I used another $20 to buy beans and another $50 was used to pay school fees for my daughter who is in secondary school. The money was very helpful since it came at a time when we had serious drought here at home. The livestock that I normally rely on to make such payments as school fees had been badly striken and selling them would not have helped to any meaningful extent. Although we still have a serious drought with us, we hope that things will change and we hope to use the money that we are yet to receive to improve our farming practices including buying high yielding seeds and fertilizers.
access_time 11 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
With the transfers, I plan to buy food for my family at $150 dollars. I will purchase 3 sacks of maize, 1 bag of beans and other basic needs such as sugar and cooking oil. For the remaining amount I will pay school fees for my children; Mark, Faith and Gloria who are in secondary school. I'm really happy that Give Directly came to my village since this transfers will change my life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
In the past six months, I have had something that made me very happy. In July last year, I was able to get a $800 dollar bursary from the government. This made me very happy because I was able to pay school fees for my child Mark who is doing his national exams (Kenya certificate of secondary education) this year. Mark had been sent home before because of a lack of school fees. After I got the bursary he stayed for a full term in school which made me very delighted.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I'm faced with many challenges at the moment one of the most pressing challenge is the lack of food. Since 2020 we have not had enough rains in our county which has made us have low productivity in the farms. I don't have food for my family for three full meals which makes life very difficult for me. I also have a disabled son who depends. Owing to the fact that we don't get any assistance from the government this has been a great challenge for me and my wife. I have three children who are in secondary school and because I don't have a discent job, I lack money to pay for their tuition. My children have been chased from school due to school fees and this has greatly affected me psychologically, sometimes I feel so stressed.