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53150 KES ($527 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The transfer allowed me to purchase a dairy cow that now provides my family with sufficient milk each day. In my culture, milk is usually an important part of each meal which I used to spend a lot of money on every day because I did not have a cow. I can now save the money that was always spent on milk or buy other types of foods which we could rarely have before due to low income. This means that my family can now have a variety of foods which is very important for the growth and development of my children who are prone to malnutrition.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I appreciate the fact that Give Directly chooses to work with the poor whom they empower financially which according to me is the best way as compared to giving foodstuff or clothing. Allowing the poor to choose what to spend their money on also gives them the power to make a decision based on their needs making the investments or expenditure really unique within a village.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of the second transfer on a dairy cow worth KES35000KES and ten chickens worth KES3500. We are a family of farmers and we thought that the best way to invest the transfer would be by purchasing the livestock that would be of benefit to us even in the years to come. We then purchased the required animal feeds for both the cow and the chicken and spent the rest of the money on foodstuff such as maize for family consumption.
55000 KES ($542 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have been able to provide part of my family's basic needs without entirely depending on my husband for money since he has always been the breadwinner in our family. I am a farmer by occupation and with climate change, it has been very challenging to get a promising income from it. Fortunately, with GiveDirectly's transfer, I have managed to boost my poultry rearing project by investing in egg-laying chicken. This has lead to an increase in the sale of eggs and my income generally.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I got a confirmatory message that I had received my money early in the morning . I couldn't handle the joy and happiness I felt hence I thought of sharing the news with my husband who was travelling back home from work for the festive season . He was also perplex that GiveDirectly had committed its promise since at first he was doubtful before .
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent 50,000 KES of my first transfer to buy a piece of plot purposely for commercial use . This is because the piece of land is near our shopping center therefore its highly marketable to put kiosks which is my long term intention for it so that I would get an extra income from renting them . The remaining amount I boosted my poultry business .
access_time 9 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Adding more chicken to my poultry as well as buying goats and sheep that will multiply in future which will enable me to sell some and start up a saloon business is what receiving this money means to me. I am a house wife and i derive my source of income from selling eggs from my chicken hence adding more of them means a boost financially
What is the happiest part of your day?
Getting a rest at the end of the day after having a busy day in my farm makes me consider evening as the happiest part of my day
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The greatest hardship i have faced in life is lack of employment opportunities. After completing my studies 3years ago, my expectations was to secure employment immediately so as to use the salary i earn in advancing more in my education but contrary to my expectations, securing one has proven hard thus forcing me to be an housewife relying on my spouse for upkeep.