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Mary
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
65
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($525 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I Planted a lot of crops on a two-acre piece of land, something that has never happened in my life. I only used to plant the crops in very small pieces of land which eventually yielded very little. Secondly, I bought cows which I would have never bought were it not for the cash transfers.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The organization has brought a lot of developments in the village such as enabling people to get several solar lighting systems which make the village look bright and not dull as it used to be before. Most people now have adequate lighting every single night and they can charge their mobile phones anytime they feel like doing so without having to rely on the local charging spots in the shopping center.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used the cash to buy a cow which will benefit me in the near future because I will get plenty of milk supply from it, so I will not have to buy milk from the vendors. I also planted a lot of sugarcane on a two-acre piece of land, but unfortunately, due to high solar temperatures, they withered away and I had to uproot them. I am however not worried so much because I know that very soon I will make a comeback and re-do the planting once more.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($542 USD)
access_time almost 3 years ago
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access_time 3 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means freedom from hard labor and hunger. I would like to spend the transfer on sugarcane farming. This would improve my income at harvesting hence better living standards
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I get paid for the casual labor and buy some basic needs like food and clothes for my grandchildren.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing in life is unreliable source of income. I depend on casual labor that is unpredictable and pays very little. This makes it difficult to provide for my family including paying school fees for my grandchildren.