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53150 KES ($442 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My new goal is to build a shop next to our compound. In this shop, I will be selling industry goods such as foodstuffs and other basic household needs. The goal is to diversify our sources of income and better our living standards as a family. This idea came about because of the gap that I saw within our village, people travel for quite a long distance to buy these commodities. The motorcycle that we bought has enabled us to accumulate enough money from my husband's masonry work since his mobility has been enhanced. We are only waiting for him to be paid for some work that he recently undertook and we will be able to use the money to start off this business. The success of this project will be largely attributed to the support we received from GiveDirectly and we will be very happy and grateful about this.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly did very well by enrolling all of us without any form of bias and discrimination. Moreover, I thought it was very wise for the organisation to give us freedom to choose how we were going to spend our money. It goes without say that this brought so much joy to each and every person that received money from GiveDirectly. On the other hand, I did not find anything bad with how GiveDirectly operations were carried out.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used KES 35000 to buy a second hand motorcycle for my husband. The motorcycle was much needed by him for his mobility at work since he does masonry. A lot of opportunities had slipped through him because he did not have a means of transport but at least he has the ability to move around quite easily and make a living for us through this job. I used another KES 10000 to buy two goats that I now keep in our compound. The decision to buy these goats was to make sure that we have an alternative source of income too just in case we are faced with an emergency or something of the sort. They also easily multiply making it a very good savings plan. The punt that was left of this money was used to buy food and other basic household needs for our family. We are so much indebted to GiveDirectly for the support that we received.
55000 KES ($495 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was working on my farm when at 9 a.m I received a message notification. I checked my phone and saw that I had received the cash transfer I had been expecting from GiveDirectly. I cannot explain how happy I felt. I looked forward to building a new house for my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since receiving the transfer from GiveDirectly, our lives have improved amazingly. Before, we lived in a small, single-room house that could barely accommodate all five of us. Sadly, we had no privacy, but could not afford to improve our living conditions due to financial stability. We also did not own any livestock and had to spend KES 60 on buying milk every morning.
Once we received the transfer, however, we were able to build a new, spacious house that can meet our needs as a family. We also purchased a dairy cow and can save on the money we would spend on buying milk. Instead, we use it to cater for other needs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Since my family did not own any livestock, we had to buy milk at KES 60, every day. This put financial strain on us, because I am unemployed and do not have a source of income. So I spent KES 35,000 on buying a dairy cow that could supply us with milk. I also spent KES 18,000 on completing the construction of our new spacious house, since the one we previously lived in was too small.
access_time 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My dream has always been to have a better source of income other than the casual jobs we currently depend on. To be receiving this money means a good investment since I am planning to use KES80000 to buy two dairy cows. This means added assets and I will be getting more milk for both household consumption and sales. In addition, I am planning to use KES25000 to build a decent kitchen. I currently have an old grass-thatched house which is small and it is tiresome and expensive to replace the grass yearly thus having an iron-roofed kitchen will save them from the heavy task and resources. I wish to spend the remaining amount on my household's daily basic needs and items.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon just after taking my lunch. I am a farmer thus my morning hours are fully occupied with farm activities and casual jobs whenever I get one. The afternoon is the time I relax as I plan for my family's supper and the next day's activities.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of school fees is the biggest hardship I have ever faced in my life. I was forced to drop out of school at form two since my father who was a casual laborer couldn't afford to pay fee for the seven of us forcing me to get married at my tender age.