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53075 KES ($511 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
As a peasant farmer, I have always struggled to make ends meet with my little income from farming. In most cases, I have had to go for casual work to meet some basic needs of the family. This has been very stressful and I feel frustrated in life. My life has never been the kind of life I want. We have been quarrelling with my husband on very petty issues as a result of the lack of money. When I used the transfer to solve most of my needs, I have realised peace of mind which I have never had before. We are happy as a family and we rarely quarrel as we used to before the transfers.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GD did very well in giving cash unconditionally. People have different needs as we lead different lives. Giving everyone money to handle their needs without any restrictions was the best move in assisting each and everyone in the village. I appreciate GD for that idea. I do not see anything GD should improve on.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on buying two cows as an investment for my family. I have desired to own livestock but I could not due to low income from casual work. As a farmer, I also used part of my transfer to hire labour for weeding my farm. Right now, the farm is doing well and I know I will get a good harvest having weeded at the right time because of the transfers. Due to low income too, I have not always provided the best for my family because of many family needs. As a result, I used part of my transfer to buy new clothes for my family. Our dressing has really changed and because of GD transfers. We dress well and we have new clothes which have brought happiness in my family. Finally, I used the money to buy food for my family. We had very little in store as we were waiting for the next harvest and I thought it wise to add more so that we don't run out of what to eat in the house even if we have visitors.
55000 KES ($548 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Our lives have changed a lot. We are well fed as a family. There are many differences in our lives but the biggest one would be having enough food in the household.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
We were so elated as a family to receive Give Directly transfer.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
We used 25000 KES to buy a cow 25000 KES 7000 KES two sheep, sofa 4000 KES, 2500 KES mattress, 1600 KES water storage tank, 1500 KES, maize meal 3200 KES and the balance on toiletries.
access_time almost 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a change in my family. Before GD, I was hopeless mainly because of financial constraints. I see myself empowered and able to engage in productive activities like poultry and diary farming.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is the happiest part of my day because it is at this time that I feel energized and refreshed for the day's activities. Preparing my children and seeing them off to school always make me happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Unable to get school fees when I was in secondary school was the biggest hardship I've faced in my life. I was out of school most of the time and this affected my grades. I ended up performing poorly in the final exams because my parents were unable to raise the required money for the entire term.