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Paskal's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($526 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
If I could not receive cash transfer from give directly I could not have managed to put up a nice spacious iron roofed house as I did. I could still be staying in a very small a leaking house and very sure by now it could have fallen down. I am very grateful to Give directly for changing my life.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion Give directly does not involve third party in their program, they deal with people directly. I also feel it was a very good thing to use M-pesa as away of sending money to us because it is very convenient and safer way send cash. Their stuffs were also transparent in everything they were doing, there were no any signs of corruption. I did not see what Give directly did not do well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I was staying in a very pathetic house that everybody would sympathise with me, the house was very old and leaking whereby when it was raining I would be rained on together with my children that sometimes I would take my children to spend the night at their grandmother's house. I have gone through alot but I was not able to come out of the situation because I did not have any stable source of income. I would admire and long to own a nice house just like other people's houses but my dream could not come true. So when I got the second the first think i thought of was a house, I bought building materials and put up a spacious iron roofed house in my own compound. I am the happiest person in the village, many people thought that I will never stay in iron roofed house because l was very poor l could not afford to put up a better house. The remaining balance I spent to buy furniture since I did not have proper seats to sit on, I would borrow seats from my relatives and was really demoralising me.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($550 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I have things that I could not dream of. Living in a decent house like now was not possible. I have a milking cow that will calf very soon, and I would start getting milk for the family, we shall not use money to buy milk anymore.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received money, happiness and joy filled my heart. During enrollment process, I could not believe that receiving that cash will be a reality to me. I felt a lot of boldness and some courage hoping to solving my financial shortcomings.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used my first transfer to buy materials to repair my house. My house has been so pathetic in it's condition but since I am poor, there was nothing I could have done, but just live in it for the sake of living. I also bought heifer that will enable my family to get milk very easily. As a family, we have been spending a lot of money in buying milk but at this time, I hope that the money that we were using to get milk will be used to do other things.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My wish has been to built a better house that would accommodate my family and protect us from harsh weather. This has never been possible as I am a peasant farmer with no any other alternative sources of income. I would like to spend the transfer in transforming my life for the better, a priority will be given in building a better shelter and the remaining part in buying a cow that would provide us with milk.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I get engaged in casual labor services because from this, I usually get paid and use the money to buy food for my family. Being a provider for my household make me feel so happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest challenge I have is unreliable source of income. I depend on casual labor that is seasonal and I have a family of six to provide for. Most of the time it is hard to find food and other basic needs and this make me feel so sad.