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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the next one year and beyond I hope to accomplish a lot with the help of GiveDirectly transfers and other savings that I may make thereof. On top of my priority list is to start up a poshomill business where I need to buy the poshomill and install it at a nearby centre. It is a business gao in which I have seen and which I am more than ready and willing to invest towards achieving it. The machine Costs $1300 and I know very well that I will be abe to get this money before the year ends.⁴ to buy and install a posho mill. Years are passing by and I am sure I may not be able to do the th9jgs that I used to do before. I hope to accumulate enough money amounting to Kes 135000. My plan is to save enough through the different merry go round groups and which I hope to get. Right now I am so much preoccupied with paying school fees and once I am done I will be able to do much more
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly does very well by giving cash and freedom to choose what to do with the money. I had never owned a business in my entire life and this a lone makes me so happy and appreciative of GiveDirectly. Looking at what different people have been able to accomplish makes me and many others so happy. This was very thoughtful of GiveDirectly. I only feel that they should be more 3xhaustive in their enrolments to make sure that none is excluded.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The second transfer is $450 came at a time that I had two of my children joining junior secondary school and secondary school at the same time. I therefore used at least $200 to pay their school fees in full and settled them in school. Had we not received this transfer then we would have been forced to go borrowing some money from a table banking group in which I am part of and later pay back the same in instalments. I then used another $120 to buy food and clothes for my family. We have been facing a serious prolonged drought over the recent past which has rendered our farms quite unproductive. Receiving this money and using it to buy food was such a great relief for me and my six children who look up to me to meet the basic household needs and other wants for them. It was also an opportunity for me to start up a business and we came together with my sister who also received a transfer and started a small business at a nearby center. We right now have a small business to run where we operate a shop and an Mpesa shop as well. Here we make up to $60 per month as profit which we are so much proud of. It is something I have never done in my life and which has even motivated me to dream more and achieve more.
20000 KES ($160 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received a message from GiveDirectly around 4:00 p.m. that I later realized was a confirmation of the first transfer. I was walking home from my farm, where I was tending to the crops. When I got home, I told my spouse and family members, who were delighted. We agreed on a budget and withdrew the entire amount the next day from a nearby shopping center.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The most noticeable difference in my daily life is the availability of food, which has been a struggle in recent months due to the devastating droughts that have dried up our lands. I have three children who are still in primary school, and missing or skipping a meal is difficult for them because they have never understood what it takes to look for money and provide for them on a daily basis. It was still better in the past when we could rely on charcoal production, but the government's ban dashed our hopes and forced us to rely on our farms only when there is enough rainfall and well-wishers.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The severe drought in our region has paralyzed most agricultural activities to the point where we must buy food from the market, in contrast to the last time we could harvest from our parcels of land. Most households in our village prioritize purchasing food with the first transfer, and we were no exception because we were struggling to provide for our children. I spent $110 immediately after receiving the money on two sacks of maize, which I later transported home for $5 from the shopping center. I have a family of nine, and we are currently down to 20Kg maize, which I am afraid will be depleted within the next week. Despite the fact that mangoes have been a source of income, the oversupply in the surrounding market has lowered prices to the point where we no longer have any buyers. I also purchased three bags of cement for $7 each, which will be used to lay the foundation for the construction of a pit latrine. I've already dug the pit, but the construction part remains, which I hope to finish with the subsequent transfer. In addition, we spent the remaining funds on Christmas celebrations, where we purchased a goat worth $45 and new pairs of clothes for my children, who were overjoyed.
access_time 7 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I have one son in secondary school and two others in primary, awaiting to join form one. I plan to clear fees areas of $200 for the one in secondary. In addition I need to save $400 for the two who'll be joining secondary school next year. This means that my children will be able to study for a better future.
Since we also have rationed piped water into our home. I'll buy a water tank for $300, from this I can store 5000 liters. I will then plant vegetables consistently. In a week I can sell at least $10 worth of vegetables. This means I can buy food for my family and also make savings.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happy seeing my mangoes grow and fruit. I have planted 50. We have piped water and I ensure they are well watered. When they are ripe, I can sell mangoes worth $5 a day. My husband can rest at such times, this makes me happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am Salina with a family of 10, my husband is a carpenter. He has a dislocated hip joint, fell when he was a boy. When we were newly married he used to work well without experiencing pains on his hip. Initially, he could build houses and earn on a good day $5. Since 2012, his hip joint has been causing him pain, which saddens us. We took him to hospital but it's too late. Now he only works minimally and can hardly support us. He can only manage $2 a day, and sometimes he cannot work due to the pain. This affects us immensely, we are not able to get meals daily.