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53150 KES ($523 USD)
access_time 12 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different in that I now have a cow of my own. Buying milk to feed my family is now a thing of the past and this is going to allow me save up enough money that would enable me make other family investments that will change my living standards and that of my entire family. I never thought I would have one of my own cows anytime soon since the little income that I received from my casual jobs could not allow me to save and buy one. My children have also been eating well lately and we had the best christmas celebration recently. All these were made possible courtesy of GiveDirectly transfers. Moreover, I have been able to build a brand new house that has increased the comfort of staying in our home and I feel these are things I would not have done had I not received GiveDirectly transfers.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did so well in giving every deserving household money and giving them the freedom to choose how they were going to spend this money. This brought total change to the different families in my village and everyone is so much grateful for the timely support. On the other hand, I personally did not find anything that I thought should be corrected by GiveDirectly officers in how they conducted their operations.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used all of my second transfer to build a new, bigger and better house. I saw the need to build a new house since the one that we were staying in with my family was so small and the family size was increasing. My children too were growing older and needed more space and privacy. This could not be guaranteed with the small room that we were all sharing. I therefore made the decision to build a new house to provide them with this space. I feel so proud of this achievement so far.
55000 KES ($530 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that my family now lives happily. This is because they now get some milk for their consumption courtesy of GiveDirectly unlike before. I would only afford to buy milk for use in making tea alone previously and my children would at times wish to drink milk but it was never possible. I am now glad since I believe that their health will improve since apart from taking milk, I will be able to provide them with a balanced diet.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 3 a.m. when I received a message notification on my phone. Since I was awake at that time, I decided to check who the sender was. My heart was filled with happiness upon realizing that GiveDirectly had deposited the promised money into my account. I knew that my dream of owning a dairy cow would soon be realized.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
When I received my first transfer, I spent part of it to buy a dairy cow. When it reproduces, my family will not be buying milk from our neighbors anymore. As a way of starting a poultry keeping project, I spent some amount to buy some chicken, wire mesh and nails to use in building a chicken coop. My wife will be running this project alongside other projects. I used the remaining amount to buy food and home clothes for my family and I also bought school uniforms for my children.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Livestock keeping has become a major source of income to most farmers. I envy this kind of life because I have been purchasing milk for the past two years since I do not own a cow. In expense I have spent about KES 20,000 over this period of time for the same. Therefore receiving this money is an opportunity to buy a dairy cow which will not only be a source of health for my children but also a sustainable source of income and a form of savings. The remaining amount will go into building a new house and the rest to start up poultry farming, a project I have always dreamt about.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am a motorcycle rider. Going out to the road every morning does not guarantee a successful day as there are some bad business days. Given that this is our only source of income, it makes me happy to come home in the evening with food for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have a family of six. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed to provide for the unlimited necessities for all of us. At the moment we all live in a hut which has become uncomfortable for both the children, my wife and I. Money I earn from my motorcycle business daily caters for each day's meals with naught to save thus making us live from hand to mouth. My worry has been a possibility of not being able to pay for my children's education in future.