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53150 KES ($518 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The fact that I now have two heifers and a bull to rear in my compound is the biggest difference in my life. I still cannot believe that I managed to achieve this progress simply because I did not know have money. For a long time, we have depended on my parent's cows for milk. It came with some sense of shame from constant and continuous dependence. I am glad that soon this would be a forgotten chapter. Besides that, I am also glad that my children have enough clothes and they look tidy than before. This will help build confidence and self-esteem knowing that they are also dressed the same way as their peers.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
What I loved most about GiveDirectly was the first approach that they used. We had a Baraza where the officers taught us about their program and informed us that we could use the money as we wished except for illegal activities. We were also enlightened on how to secure our transfers from thieves. Honestly, everything, in my opinion, was well done.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of my transfer on purchasing a heifer and a bull. I had initially bought another one using the first transfer. My fulfillment is to see them multiply and increase in number. I will not only be getting milk for consumption but also earn more income from selling the surplus. In addition to that, I also bought enough food and used the rest of the amount to buy clothing for my family.
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am more independent financially. I can afford to eat well and even dress well something which was always a struggle as I did not have any form of income generation. I am really grateful to GD for bringing this change in my life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my transfers, I took a moment of prayer and thank God for I knew that what I have been yearning for without success would come true.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
At the moment when I received my first transfer, I had no cow and I opted to buy one so that I would not spend much on buying milk for use at home. I spend KES 30000 on buying the a hybrid dairy cow. The remaining portion, I spend on buying food for the family and clothes for my children. We had been struggling with casual jobs to have food on our table. Now we are relieved that we have some in-store which can take us until next harvesting season.
access_time 7 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this transfer will mean that I will be able to offset the school fee arrears for my kids as well as buy two dairy cattle. I will cultivate crops so as to reduce the cost of purchasing animal's feeds. Thereafter, I will be regularly selling milk and using the proceeds to join a contribution group(sacco) that currently exists in my area so that I save for the future of my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
After I am done with my normal household chores in the morning, I spent most of my daytime in other people's farms as a casual labourer. In the evening my heart is filled with happiness when I get paid my dues since its at that time that I know my family will have something to take for supper.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I solely depend on casual labour that is not regular to fend for my family. I live in a small piece of land that is inadequate to grow any crop and as a result I purchase almost all of the basic needs required by my family. Sometimes I have to borrow from the local shop and grocery regularly and then toil in order to pay back. This is not the life I dreamt of living as I feel that the future of my kids is unsecured.