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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($491 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different now because with the transfer my husband was able to enrol in a driving school, and I am positive that he is going to get a better job, with the dairy cow we are going to get enough milk to feed the whole family, we also have solar energy meaning that we have saved money and reduced the cost of fuel. I am so grateful for the support.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly Officers are friendly and approachable, I can't seem to find anything they are not doing well
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband is a bus conductor(tout), He used part of the transfer to enrol in a driving school so as he can get a better working opportunity, I also bought a cow worth KES 20,000 and a solar light of KES 15,000.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($513 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
This being my first time receiving such a large sum of money, I was filled with joy, and the other members of my household were not left out. We were all grateful to God and GiveIDrectly for keeping the one promise they had given us. This gave us new hope of initiating the projects we have been thinking of.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Producing enough milk for domestic purposes after purchasing a lactating cow has been the biggest difference in our daily lives. It has been costly obtaining packaged milk from the shop every morning, and buying from the nearby farmers was not any cheaper still. This has so far been a relief and we are pleased that we can now spend the small amount initially allocated to buying milk to serve other needs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon receiving the first transfer, I spent the first portion of it on livestock where I bought a cow and a goat both costing 33000KES. I used part of the remaining on completing the lighting system in our household by obtaining a battery and other lighting pieces of equipment. I also managed to clear my children's school fees, bought them new clothing, and also stocked some food that was almost running out of stock. We are really grateful as a household after receiving this transfer that we are soon seeing a completely different home from the one we had been having.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
As a young family with kids who rely mainly on milk as the primary source of proteins and related nutrients, receiving this money means that my children shall always enjoy a good diet. This is because I will utilize the transfer on purchasing an additional cow that will provide us with milk. Currently we are relying on only one cow to acquire the invaluable resource. When the cow is not lactating, we usually struggle to obtain milk from our neighborhood; at times we have no funds for buying the milk. Hence, having two cows will probably ensure that we always have milk in our household.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I usually feel lonely and isolated for the better part of my day since all my kids go to school while my husband goes to his work station. As such, the happiest part of my day is in the evening when I am reuniting with my family members.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am a trained hair stylist. Unfortunately, I am not enjoying any benefits from my profession since I have never managed to acquire all the necessary equipment. As such, we rely solely on my husband's income to survive, something that has adversely impacted on our development. Since he usually attains relatively little income, we have never managed even to buy more cows or do any significant development. Hence, the absence of vital equipment and tools serves as the biggest hardship I have faced in life because it has rendered me to be a dependant rather than a contributor to our family's economic development.