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53150 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
At the moment, I have three cows which I managed to buy with the transfers which I received from GiveDirectly. For so long, I couldn't manage to raise money for buying some since our crops specifically maze haven't been doing well for sometime now. After receiving the transfers, I saw it would be wise to invest in livestock because this is what I love the most and that over time they will reproduce and increase in number. I would sell some in future whenever I got a pressing financial situation.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did very well by empowering us with these cash transfers. Some of us were having great ideas but lack resources to implement. Like for me, I got livestock and this was a huge step as a farmer.
On the other hand, there was nothing which was not done well by GiveDirectly. The process was so open and everyone was given a chance to voluntarily enroll for the program.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
For so long, I was yearning to own some livestock but this wasn't possible as I couldn't afford to save enough money to buy some. Income from casual jobs were never enough to met my daily needs and save some towards buying some livestock. When I received my second transfer, I spent KES 35000 in buying a dairy cow for milk production. The remaining amount, I spent on buying clothes for my family members and some utensils.
55000 KES ($500 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was filled with a lot of happiness when I received the message saying that I had received the transfer from GiveDirectly. I informed the rest of my family members and they were too excited on hearing the good news. We thanked God because He had answered our prayers and we were going to get what we have always wanted.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
With this transfer from GiveDirectly, there is going to be a very big difference in my life. The three cows that I bought will be of great benefit to me and my family. My family will have milk for their own consumption and I will also get some for sale. The money from the sales will enable me to invest in other things. Having placed a door in the house that I was building, the house is now almost complete, I am planning to finish it so that when my children start schooling, I will not be having the stress of building a house, and hence I will be able to direct all my energy and money in paying their school fees.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
This transfer from GiveDirectly has helped me a lot. I was able to buy three cows with part of the money. I have always had the desire to have my own cows and this dream had become quite hard for me to achieve. This is because the maize crop that I was depending on to give me some money after I have sold the produce got affected by a disease and hence there were no yields. I had invested a lot of money in planting and taking care of this maize crop plantation with the expectation that I will get money after selling the produce. I had planned to use the money that I was going to get to buy a cow. This however did not come to pass. I was so happy when I received this transfer because I knew that my dream was going to be a reality. This transfer from GiveDirectly also helped me in sawing timber that I used in making a door for the house that I was building. I also plan to use some of the wood cuttings to build another small house. Having placed the door, the house is almost complete. The rest of the money that I remained with from the transfer, I used in buying a few things that had started missing in the household, that is the utensils.
access_time 9 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My desire for the last five years has been to venture into dairy farming. At the moment, I buy 2liters of milk every other morning for my young daughter for 40 shillings a liter. This translates to 2400 shillings every other month. I plan to buy a dairy cow for 30000 shillings. From it, I expect to get 5liters of milk every morning. I will reserve 1 liter for domestic use and sell the rest in our local market for 40 shillings a liter. This will be a good additional source of income for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
In the morning I get so busy on my farm and as you know, this is a job that drains a lot of energy. I derive my happiness from the rest that I get to enjoy in the afternoon. This is also the time I relax with my 4-year-old daughter together with her mother. This brings immense happiness to my heart.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am a farmer and the prolonged drought that hit our area has seen us getting losses year in, year out. In 2016, there was a severe drought that saw farmers run into huge losses. During the same year, I got only 2 bags of maize from the 2acre piece of land and this is hardly enough to cater for the needs of my family which includes food and clothing.