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Lydia's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Standard Remote
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access_time 18 days ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
What a sigh of relief after learning GiveDirectly has come to our village! For a long time, I have been buying water from my neighbor which is very costly, approximately $10 per month. Since I do not have money to pay this daily, I have a huge debt pending clearing. With this money, I plan to install some water pipes that will enable me to have a tap within my compound. This will ensure water scarcity is a problem of the past and I will no longer spend money to buy water. To ensure this comes to reality, I plan to spend $200 of my money. The remaining amount will help me to repair my house which is braving the strong wind in our area, I plan to spend $400 on this. In addition, I will support my daughter who is about to join form one this year. Hence, this is generally what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
In December, I was sick and could not perform any work. This forced my daughter to assume all the household chores a situation that stressed me a lot because seeing my young daughter doing heavy duties never pleased me. Fortunately, my son sent me $5 which facilitated me to seek proper medication from the nearby health center. I am currently quite okay and I have fully returned to performing my duties as a mother. Therefore, I consider my improved health as what has brought me joy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Subsistence farming which is my main source of livelihood has been greatly affected by the prolonged drought that we have experienced for 3 consecutive seasons now. This has compelled me to depend on my son who is a casual laborer to send us some cash. Since the support I get from him is inconsistent, sometimes I am forced to seek help from my neighbor, a situation that has exposed me as a beggar. What a life! Since meeting the needs of my family is a challenge due to the financial crisis, I, therefore, consider this to be the main challenge that I am currently facing.