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Tecla's family
Casual labor
Kenya Large Transfer
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
18240 KES
access_time 26 days ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was almost 4:00 p.m., and under the relentless heat of the sun, we toiled to complete our tasks for the day on a tomato farm, feeling the sweat trickle down our skin. Our group, consisting of about twenty individuals, engaged in harvesting tomatoes. This casual job is crucial for me, providing the means to support my family. With a daily wage of $4, it meant putting food on the table for my family of four. Yet, opportunities like these were few and far between, sometimes occurring only three times a week. As we worked relentlessly, a sudden notification on my phone caught my attention, prompting me to retrieve it from my pocket. The sight of the Mpesa message confirming the receipt of the first GiveDirectly transfer filled me with immense joy. I exclaimed, "GiveDirectly!" and soon, everyone on the farm paused their work, excitedly checking their phones for the same blessing that the majority of us were awaiting. Our shared happiness resonated in chants as we completed our tasks effortlessly, seemingly unaware of the passage of time. Returning home, I shared the good news with my family. We looked forward to withdrawing the money and finally purchasing the sheep we had been eagerly longing for. Thank you, GiveDirectly!
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Receiving the transfer has brought about significant changes in my life. The acquisition of sheep through the transfer has renewed sense of optimism, knowing that they hold the potential to improve my life significantly. I plan to sell them in future, empowering me to invest in the proceeds from the sales in maize farming on my acre of land. I anticipate this venture will serve both commercial and domestic purposes, furthering our financial stability and well-being. Moreover, being able to purchase food has had a profound impact on my children's well-being, evident in the bright smiles that now adorn their faces, as they are now well fed unlike before when they used to survive with two meals daily. Their happiness brings me immeasurable joy, further increasing my own sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have long yearned to expand my flock, recognizing the invaluable contribution of the single sheep I currently possess. Its milk has been sparing me the daily expense of purchasing milk for my three young children, whose growth depends on it. Additionally, tea without milk lacks its usual allure, a taste preference instilled in me since childhood, so it is really hard to do without milk. Thanks to the GD transfer, I was able to procure two additional sheep for $120. The thought of growing my herd fills me with joy and optimism, as I envision their numbers multiplying in the future. Apart from just producing milk, I plan to sell their offspring and invest in farming inputs for my one-acre plot. This will pave the way for maize farming, serving both commercial and domestic needs. Previously, lacking the necessary funds, I resorted to leasing out my land to generate income. Additionally, I used $30 to purchase a sack of maize, which ensures my children's dietary needs are met, relieving me of the burden of securing this essential food on a daily basis. The meager income of $4 per day from casual farm labor barely covers our expenses, but now we can enjoy three meals a day, a luxury we previously couldn't afford, as we were limited to just two meals. Witnessing the satisfaction on my children's faces as they're well fed fills me with renewed purpose. With the remaining funds, I bought a flask and a plastic chair, since they were previously out of reach.
access_time 2 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I intend to increase my acreage under maize farming from the current 0.5 acres to 2.5 acres through leasing. With all the factors of production including capital at my disposal(Thanks to Givedirectly transfers), I will be anticipating for a bumper harvest in this coming season. All this will cost around $500 until harvest. As for the remainder of the transfers, I intend to pay for school fees balances for this year and purchase of household commodities.
What is the happiest part of your day?
For the first time in several years, all my three school going children went back to school in January this year without me struggling to get their school fees. This was because of the bumper harvest that I got as a result of the favorable rainfall experienced in the last six months. The money from the sale of the proceeds was enough to fully cater for their education expenses.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have an arable land that I am unable to fully farm on because of financial constraints. Because of insufficient farm inputs, the harvests have been very low. From the past subsequent years, I have been 4 bags of maize from a target of 12 bags which is way below the intended number. This has resulted in trying new alternatives to sustain my family like practicing charcoal burning.