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53075 KES ($522 USD)
access_time almost 3 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that my children no longer miss to do their homework for lack of kerosene because of the reliable solar light that I bought using the cash transfer. There is a lot of peace in my marriage because I do not leave the house in the evening to watch the news in the local center because we can now watch the news together with my family at home. There is also my two cows that I bought, the joy that in few months time I shall start milking is great. I would have not been able to buy such quality grade cattle without the Givedirectly transfer since all the cash I earned from the casual work in the sugarcane farms always ended up in buying food for the family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Givedirectly did well in that their officers covered all the poor households in the community. However, they should have considered having this transfer spread let us say quaterly.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to buy a dairy cow that I am keeping for milk. I believe that once my cattle deliver, it shall produce enough milk both for family consumption and the surplus for sale. It is from the milk sales that I shall be able to meet my family food and medical needs. I bought solar and television and I no longer have to buy kerosene and my children have reliable light in the house to study unlike when sometimes they would fail to do their homework because I had no money to buy them kerosine.
55000 KES ($549 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have a dairy cow have always wanted to have. I am hopeful that soon I will be milking and making money like the others.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
My phone was off at that time,and at around 7p.m,I went for it where it was charging ,I read a message from segovia and later another from GiveDirectly,I said "Halleluyia". "These people have kept their promise".I was so happy.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I my first transfer on buying a dairy cow worth 45000 KES. I have always been buying milk and when I sat down and calculated the amount I have spent on that,it came to around over 50000 KES. I thought this was too much and found it wise to buy mine and not to buy milk anymore and instead sell milk too. I also bought iron sheets that I will use to build it a kraal.
access_time over 3 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that there will be an additional increase in the income of my household. I shall therefore, use the transfer to invest in rearing my own livestock hence reduce dependency on my relatives.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I come home and join my family members who I always miss during the day. I feel very Happy whenever I share meals together with them.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is being unable to meet my medication bills. I often fall sick during cold seasons since I suffer from asthmatic condition.