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Lilian's family
Casual labour
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($539 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I literally had nothing before I received Give Directly transfers. When the enrollment officers came and promised to support us at household level, i was left wondering whether that promise could be fulfilled. Despite having doubts at the back of my mind, i made a promise to myself that it would be a life changing experience for me should the cash transfer be a reality. We were living from hand to mouth before we received the cash and so many people could look down upon us. After receiving the money, life for us has really changed; at least we have assets for the family and enough food to keep the family going. Nowadays i can even plan ahead on how to handle any future needs of my family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The fact that you assisted everyone without bias. i personally feel that everything that GD did was perfect
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of my second transfer to buy a milk producing cow. I saw it fit to have an additional cow in my homestead to enable me be self reliant from then going forward. I also spent part of my second transfer in land leasing. Before Give directly transfers came, i depended a lot on casual labour to raise my family and even pay school fees for my children. As we speak, i have a maize plantation ready for harvest in the next few weeks. Give directly has enabled me to be self reliant by giving me an opportunity to own my own assets.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($548 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that am now stress free since I now have a lactating cow for milking which gives me milk for use and for sale. My children are happy too to have lunch before they return back to school. before they would come home and get no food to eat and were forced to return back to school empty stomach or even stay back at home.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I got the money from GD I was so happy and believe that surely God uplift His people in a wonderful way. I didn't knew that one day all what had been bothering me will be sorted out in just a day. I am so thankful to GD and cannot hide my joy about this support.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of my first payment which I got from Give Directly to buy a cow worth KES 30000. I also spent KES 10000 to pay school fees for my child in secondary school. The rest of the money I sent to purchase food and clothes for myself and my children.
access_time over 5 years ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship i have faced is raising my children alone.Their father left to live with another wife and has since neglected his responsibilities leaving me alone to shoulder them.Feeding and educating the children is very difficult since i dont have any income
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when my family and I wake up healthy.This makes me happy because i have less to worry about during the day
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money is a great blessing to me.I have had a lot of financial problems especially with my children's education.Since their father left us to live elsewhere i am left to shoulder all responsibilities alone hence this money will really help me cover much of those expenses