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Jonathan's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Large Transfer
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES ($320 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I aspire to expand my farming operations and establish a goat investment business. By combining both endeavors, I aim to create a dual-income stream that brings financial stability and prosperity.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly is engaged in commendable work, providing assistance without expecting any favors in return. I express my deep gratitude for the invaluable support I received and encourage them to continue their remarkable efforts.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With the support of GiveDirectly, I transformed a simple piece of land into a thriving farm where I cultivate maize flour. I also acquired two goats for companionship, and the remaining funds were used to provide food for my family. The generosity of GiveDirectly has truly made a significant impact on our lives.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES ($330 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the years to come, my goal is to establish my own eatery. I believe this business is more profitable than others since people require food daily. Moreover, an eatery is more sustainable as it generates more revenue. After harvesting the butternut from my farm, I intend to use the proceeds to turn my dream into a reality. I am optimistic that I will achieve this goal, as I am grateful for the successes I have accomplished thus far.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Right from the beginning of the program, we were treated with great respect and received excellent service. During the sensitization meetings, we were given a clear understanding of the program's objectives and purpose. We were also allowed to ask questions, and the responses we received were thorough and considerate. The program was conducted transparently, and we did not encounter any fraudulent activities. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the organization's services, and there were no unforeseen issues.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When GiveDirectly informed us of the financial assistance we were to receive, we saw it as an opportunity to make a wise investment. My wife and I decided to focus on what we knew best, which was farming, specifically planting butternut and maize. We believed that this would provide us with a sustainable means of earning a livelihood, a concept we had previously been unable to pursue due to financial constraints. With two children to support, we allocated $210 towards farming. Following this, I used $100 to purchase a new sofa set and other essential household items. The remaining funds were used to purchase food. We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received and the positive impact it has had on our lives.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
18010 KES ($139 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had been expecting the money since October of last year, but it was unfortunate that I did not receive it on time. I was relieved, however, that I continued to communicate with the office and received clear information about my expectations. I expected to receive the first transfer in January, just a month later than the other group with which we were enrolled, and I was not disappointed. I received a message around 4:00 p.m., and after reading it, I was excited to confirm that it was the exact message received by everyone who had it earlier. My wife had gone to the hospital, leaving me alone at home. I informed her as soon as she arrived home, and she was equally delighted.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The ability to consistently provide a balanced diet to my children since my first transfer has made the biggest difference in my daily life. Since then, my family of four has never skipped a meal, and I am relieved that their health has improved. I have also had enough time to do other things besides the casual labor routine I used to do to feed my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I was extremely happy when the first and long-awaited transfer arrived, much to the delight of my hungry family. After three months of waiting, I was relieved to finally receive the first patch. I spent $70 on food and household items after receiving it, including a sack of maize, beans, rice, sugar, cooking oil, and toiletries. My children have been eating an earthy meal since then, and everyone is grateful for the generous support we received. I also paid off a $40 debt that I had accumulated from close friends who believed that my share would eventually come in. My two children and spouse wore out their clothes, so I thought it would be a good idea to buy them new pairs worth $45 each. They can now proudly join their friends in new clothes, as opposed to the patched ones they had been wearing. In addition, I set aside the remaining funds for my son's weekly hospital visits for checkups on his cerebral palsy diagnosis and treatment. We had been going to a private doctor, who charges at least $2 per visit and requires us to stop by a pharmacy to pick up our weekly prescriptions. We had been reliant on casual laborers, who are currently scarce due to the prolonged drought that has rendered farming activities ineffective.
access_time over 1 year ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
The transfer will help us, especially with our daughter. I will be able to take her for special medical care at AIC Mission Hospital, Kijabe. This will cost us about $800, meaning our daughter will have a better life and allow us to do other things freely. In addition, we plan to spend a total of $100 to hire 1 acre piece of land and use another $100 to till, buy seeds and plant maize. One acre of land can produce 10 bags, we can sell 5 bags for $150 and save the rest for home consumption.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I feel happy when our daughter Neema is doing well, and does not experience convulsions. In the past one month she has been stable and this has made me happy since we're able to do other things such doing casual jobs like harvesting tomatoes and get paid $3 per day to support my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I live with my wife and 2 children, my daughter, 2, has celebral palsy. This has affected us a lot, my wife cannot work and I am the only one who can provide for the family. Our daughter, Neema, needs special medical attention and requires weekly therapy which costs $2 and for other costs such as transport and food, I'll need an extra $7. This is to travel to Marigat Town, to see a doctor and back. The doctor had recommended for her to be taken to AIC mission hospital, Kijabe, near Nairobi, but we cannot afford the $800 cost.