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53150 KES ($502 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Having have renovated my house makes the biggest difference in my life. Fist my previous house was in poor condition with some leak roofing. It was so hectic especially during the winter seasons because we had t seek shelters from relatives. I am now a happy parent because all is sorted now and I no longer shy away whenever I have visitors as I used to. In addition to that, I now have my own lair of oxen which is now of great help in my agricultural activities. I can now prepare my farm in time and also hire them to my neighbors and generate an income. Previously, I was using my own which was so tiresome and I could not even finish an acre. This was leading to low products. It is now a relief to me and I am so proud to mention it. Had it not for GD coming to my village I would not have achieved all this.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does well in various ways. First, we were well-taught om how to secure our money from fraud cases. Since the majority of us, it was our first time accessing the Mpesa we thought it would be a big challenge, but after we were guided everything we on so smoothly. Secondly, we were issued some phones before receiving the money. I do not see any sector GD did any wrong.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of my second transfer on buying some building materials such as iron sheets, timber, building poles. This was purposely for the renovation of my house which was in poor condition. I also bought some goats as my living assets that I can depend on just in case of any financial crisis. The remaining amount of money, I am using it in buying some enough foodstuffs fr my family.
55000 KES ($543 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I am happy that I will be buying some livestock through this money. I have desired to have livestock in my homestead, only that I did not have enough money, but with this money, I will be a happy woman since these are living assets that I can readily depend on in case of financial needs. I believe having the pair of oxen will help me improve my farming and at least to plough my farm on time. The goats will reproduce and as they multiply, I can readily rely on them in case of a financial need, as they are my living assets.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
My helper informed me that there were rumours going around the village that GiveDirectly had sent money to people. Immediately, I checked my phone and I was greatly overjoyed on realizing that indeed it was true. I had received KES 55000 on my phone. It was such a joyous moment for me. I had never received such an amount before. I was shocked and happy at the same time. I then started planning how I would use it, later after calming down.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent a portion of my first transfers to buy foodstuffs and other items such as utensils and a few clothing for my family. I also paid my house help with a portion of it. I am planning to spend the remaining amount of money on purchasing goats and a pair of oxen that will help me with my farming activities. I do not have oxen at the moment, I have been using hoes which was not very efficient considering that I do large scale farming. I believe the oxen will ensure I get better harvests. I will be able to plant on time since they work faster compared to when I could hire casual labourers. In addition to this, I am also planning to buy some iron sheets with the intention to renovate my house.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Having no source of income, receiving this money means I will be able to purchase food and other basic necessities worth 25,000 shillings. I will also buy oxen and an ox plough at a cost of 40,000 and 8,000 shillings respectively. The rest I will use to pay part of fees for my granddaughter joining college in May this year.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is the best part of my day because the dawn of a new day gives me hope.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Low financial capacity is my biggest hardship. After losing my husband who was the sole bread winner, I resorted to do farming which was all I knew. However, harsh climatic conditions only result in poor yields. With no income, feeding has become an issue forcing me to skip meals at times.