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Bahati's family
Bahati
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
53
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different than how it would have been becasue, through the transfer, I manage to add another room to my house. Initially, it had a single room and my family is big therefore it couldn't accommodate us all. Some of my children used to seek shelter from relatives which a bit stressful. Also, the ox that I managed to purchase makes my life different in a positive way. It will be of great help to me in my farming activities because becasue of my old age, using my own hands was somehow tricky and most of the time I need up getting a low harvest.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does well in that during the barazas, I was given good teachings and advises in regards to the transfers. After reaching the money, I had to put them into practice and this really helped me because if were not for the teachings I would even get confused,
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I sent part of my second transfer on buying an ox and a dairy cow at a total of KES 27000. These have been the assets that I have been admiring to keep for years but becasue of the poverty life that had stricken my household I could not afford to buy them. Also, I purchased an ox plough specifically for the ox. In addition, I bought building materials such as iron sheets, building poles and timber. This was for the addition of one room to my previous house since it only had one room. To add to that I paid school fees for my grandchildren. With the removing amount of money, I bought enough foodtufs for my family
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($502 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was preparing lunch for my family at exactly 11 o'clock. Then my phone started vibrating continuously, which was so unusual. Without wasting time, I decided to check the content of the message. Only to realize it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy and decided to break the news to my other family members and we all celebrated.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Having the goats in my homestead has brought the biggest difference in my daily life. I have really been yearning to own them for years but I could not afford it because of the poverty life that had stricken my homestead. Therefore after getting my transfers I had to fulfill them. The main reason that prompted me to keep them is that they reproduce twice a year and this is promising that they will increase in number within a short period of time. in the next few months to come, I will start a business of selling the matured offsprings in the local market and save the money so that I can start a new project of a kiosk business. I am optimistic that this will be achievable since some of the goats have started reproducing. The profits that I will be earning from both businesses will be enough for me to send my children to school and provide for their other basic needs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials such as iron sheets, building poles, timber, and threads. This was for the renovation of my house since the previous one was not spacious. Also bought some livestock such goats. This is what I have been yearning to keep in my compound but I could not afford it since they were very costly. With the reming amount of money, I bought sufficient foodstuffs for my family and some other household items.
 
Enrolled
access_time 8 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this means a descent house for me and my grandchildren. I'm planning to use 450 dollars to construct a three bedroom house for my family. In addition to this I'll use 300 dollars to buy ten goats.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is in the evening. This is the time I take a rest after a tiring day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of a decent house for my family. Some of my family members are forced to borrow a sleeping place somewhere else.