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53150 KES ($534 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is now different in that I own cattle and I now have a better and more spacious and comfortable house for my family and I.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, Give Directly has done well in enabling me to educate my children and also in enabling me to purchase and own livestock. I see nothing that Give Directly has done wrong.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfers to build a house for my family and to purchase goats. I did not have a house in my home. We lived in a small and old house that I squeezed with my family. I do construction jobs while my wife is unemployed. Whatever I make from this job is only enough to sustain my family, and so we were forced to bear with the situation of living in that old house that we had. I am happy that my family is now comfortable in the house that I build. I also bought goats with the hope that they will procreate in future and generate wealth for me. I can sell one of the goats should I get an emergency in future.
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Owning cows is the biggest difference in my daily life. This is because I feel contented and happy whenever I take them out to graze. They keep me busy too and I no longer waste a lot of time iddling around.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I woke up I went straight to check on my phone as usual but on this day I was surprised to see two messages blinking on the phone. I got curious, opened the message and to my surprise I had received money from GiveDirectly. It was such an amazing moment, and I was so grateful.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have never owned a cow in my entire life but I always longed to own one because it was expensive budgeting for milk for family consumption. The moment when I received the first transfer I bought two cows. I believe after they have given birth I'll be able to get enough milk for family consumption thus I won't spend on milk anymore. Other than milk, I'll have extra cows after they'll have given birth and this will an advantage because I'll still have more cows after selling some in the future in order to raise school fee for my children who are still in primary school.
access_time almost 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will enable me to start a new business of shopkeeping. This will relieve me from the worries and struggles I have been facing from house construction business which I rarely get clients. Through the shop business, I will be able to focus on selling bread, sugar and other household goods that have a ready market in our village.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day starts at around 6 am in the morning when I manage to receive a call from a client who needs my services as a mason. It is rare to get such work in our village as very few people are building houses. When the day is done at 4 pm, I get around Ksh. 500 which I spend on buying food for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have unstable source of income which mainly entails doing house construction but in our village, people rarely build houses. This makes my life and that of my family to be that of chance when it comes to getting money for food and other basic needs. I can go a day without securing any job and this means that my family will not be able to get food. We go to an extent of buying food on credit during those days.