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Mercy
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labor
faceAge:
33
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Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Our lives are much better after receiving the second transfer. Precisely, I am much relieved of the tedious casual tasks such as weeding that I usually handle within my vicinity in attempt to fend for my family. Currently, I am doing some of the relatively simple and less tiresome farming tasks in my farm unlike before. Also, we are hopeful of a better future where food and other basic needs shall be available for us, thanks to my agricultural activities. Still, I am happy and certain that my firstborn child shall proceed well with her education since her fees are ready. I was wondering where to raise such fees.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does well by sending the funds directly to the target persons using suitable mobile platforms. This ensures each recipient receives the whole amount in time unlike if some intermediaries could engage in pilferages. I find nothing that the organization does not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent 150 USD of my second transfer on agricultural activities by leasing land and growing some food crops. I have always yearned to do crop farming due to the usual shortage of food we have been facing. Unfortunately, the 0.3 acres of land that I own is inadequately accommodation our houses, livestock and other farming projects. Also, I saved 300 USD to be used as fees for my first born who is joining secondary school soon. I decided so because I had made no savings before for such a purpose due to the much struggles I do to fend for my family since I am a vulnerable widow. I usually get about 3 USD daily from my casual tasks such as weeding for neighbors. Such an amount could barely meet our basic needs. Finally, I purchased some food items using the remaining amount (about 80 USD) because we had depleted our stock.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($494 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I heard my phone ring at around seven fifteen in the morning. On checking, it was an SMS notifying me of GD money I had eagerly waited for. I was very happy and grateful because I felt my prayers had been answered.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that my house is fully furnished with sofasets, a TV and a solar lighting system which I couldn't afford before. Nowadays, I can comfortably accommodate up to 25 people in one sitting without borrowing seats from neighbors like before.My house is very neat and done is required to remove shoes in order to enter my house and I am grateful to GiveDirectly for all these. Initially, I would stress up because of the many things I couldn't afford but now I am glad that my family is well taken care of.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent 80USD of my transfer on plastic chairs and sofa sets because initially I had benches which were uncomfortable.I also spent 180USD on 2000 litres water tank for water storage because rain is unreliable in our place. Some I spent on building a two roomed modern kitchen because the one I had was grass thatched with leaking roofs and the walls were falling apart especially during rainy seasons.Some was spent on purchase of one and a half sacks of maize in order to sustain us longer.This wasn't affordable before because we relief on casual labor like weeding and clothes washing. I also bought the latest clothing fashion and shoes because initially we used to buy second hand clothes which are a quite cheaper. I also bought maize seeds, bought a TV and a solar panel system on a hire purchase in order to keep my girls busy and prevent them from straying to my neighbor's houses.
 
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access_time 1 year ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means demolishing my old kitchen which is in a deplorable condition and building a new one at a cost of $200. I will also use $150 to buy a 10 litre water tank for harvesting rain water thus reduced stress level of walking 3 kilometres to get clean water for domestic use. $300 of my transfer will enable me to buy a dairy cow that will ensure a guaranteed source of income from selling milk daily.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Whenever I manage to secure work to do so as to earn some income at the end of the day, coming back home with food for my children in the evening is a measure of success to me, which is the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Due to prolonged drought in this region, access to food security has been the biggest hardship I face. Inspite of having 4 acre piece of land for cultivation, poor harvests have forced me to engage in tedious casual jobs in people's farms so as to buy food for my family of five.