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Tarkok's family
Raising livestock
Kenya Large Transfer
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES ($277 USD)
access_time 14 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Now that I've fenced my land, my goal is to cultivate maize and sorghum, ensuring food security for both myself and my orphan grandson. To make this dream a reality, I plan on selling a few hens, being optimistic that the proceeds will sustain us with enough food from this endeavor.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I am deeply thankful for the support that has improved my life in old age. This was unexpected since I had never received an unconditional transfer throughout my entire life. Everything went smoothly, and I received all the money as promised by the GiveDirectly staff. I did not encounter any issues or shortcomings in the process.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I live with my grandson, relying on my children for support as I am no longer able to work due to my age. Additionally, my small poultry project, managed by my grandson, contributes to our livelihood. Upon receiving my third transfer, I allocated funds to ensure an adequate supply of food in our home, spending $150. Previously, financial constraints limited us to one meal a day, but now we can afford more. I also invested $300 to fence our land, protecting our farm from goat intrusion. I am grateful for having enough to eat and securing our farm.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES ($308 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the coming year, my main goal is to erect a perimeter fence around my piece of land along the footpath, where livestock frequently pass by. This project is essential, as it will enable me to plant and manage the growth of my crops without any interference from wandering livestock. To achieve this, I plan to sell some of my livestock and use the proceeds to source the necessary fencing materials. It's a significant undertaking, but I'm determined to make it happen to secure my farming efforts and ensure a successful harvest in the future.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has been a remarkable source of support and hope in our community. What stands out most is their unwavering commitment to fairness and equality. They treat every person with the same level of respect and dignity, without any bias. I personally experienced this when the team visited me. There were no strings attached, and I did not know anyone on the team, yet they served me with the utmost respect, provided clear information, and enrolled me willingly without any pressure or persuasion. This approach should be a model for organizations everywhere, especially in the arid regions where people often face immense struggles to make ends meet. GiveDirectly has truly set a high standard for how support should be provided to those in need.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With $213 of my second transfer, I bought essential foodstuffs like dry maize grains, sugar, cooking oil, rice, and milk. These provisions sustain my current family of five and are a great help when my grandchildren come to visit. Additionally, I invested $63 in purchasing two pieces of wire mesh to secure my compound against wild animals and stray livestock from the neighborhood. Allocating $8 to other household consumables like toiletries and utensils ensured our day-to-day comfort in our home. I also spent $86 on acquiring two goats, an investment that I hope to breed and provide us with offspring we can sell to meet various household financial needs. Furthermore, I allocated $41 to purchase farm fertilizer, which significantly boosted the yield of my maize field. The remaining $46 was spent on other basic requirements, which included $16 on new clothes to replace old and tattered ones and $30 set aside to address any unexpected household expenses. This unconditional cash transfer has not only met our immediate needs but also empowered us to plan for a better future.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
20000 KES ($142 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When the first transfer arrived from GiveDirectly, my daughter, Janet, happened to have my phone in her possession. The news filled me with great excitement, as we had been eagerly anticipating its arrival to address our immediate household needs. Being familiar with operating the phone, Janet took complete responsibility for the transfer and made sure to promptly collect the funds. She used the money to purchase essential items for our household, including food supplies and other necessary provisions.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the abundance of diverse food options made possible by utilizing a portion of the $65 from my initial transfer for purchasing groceries. As an elderly individual, I am immensely appreciative of GiveDirectly's timely and generous support, especially considering my inability to work towards earning a sufficient income to afford such choices.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Immediately after receiving the initial transfer from GiveDirectly, I had a list of tasks in mind that I was eager to accomplish. However, my top priority was addressing the issue of food scarcity, which has affected me for quite some time. With no consistent source of income to rely on, I have been living from hand to mouth. Consequently, I instructed my daughter, Janet, who was responsible for handling the transfer, to purchase essential food items such as maize, beans, rice, sugar, and cooking oil, amounting to $65. Since then, I am delighted to have been able to enjoy nutritious meals. Moreover, I allocated $30 towards acquiring three iron sheets, intending to construct a new kitchen. Cooking with a makeshift three-stone setup at my doorstep has always been affected by unfavorable weather conditions. Additionally, I invested in two plastic chairs at $6 each, bought my granddaughter a new set of clothes worth $8, and saved the remaining amount to cover the daily purchase of sour milk that I pair with ugali, as consuming green vegetables tends to upset my stomach. As an elderly individual with limited earning capacity, I am profoundly grateful for the timely support provided by GiveDirectly.
access_time 10 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Receiving this money has come as a great boost to my family. I have been forgotten and neglected here, old people of my age have been receiving cash transfers from the government but I have never gotten any, it worries me a lot. The transfer has come as a reprieve to me, at least I can now afford to sleep devoid of stress in knowing that I will have funds to purchase food. I intend to use the first transfers to satisfy the most urgent of my needs of purchasing foodstuff, I plan to use $120 on food. I also need to seek medical attention and therefore I will use part of the transfers to go to the hospital for treatment.
What is the happiest part of your day?
It gives me joy and contentment to be alive at my age. God has blessed me with 80 years up until now, even though I am sickly it is still a fulfillment of a long life. I take complete enthusiasm that I have seen up to my third generation, my grandchildren and great-grandchildren give meaning to my existence. I have operated with a quiet and mirthful grace and it is the highest honour I can ask.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am old and my health is failing me. I can hardly walk nor engage in any meaningful economic activity and this has made my life miserable and unbearable. Food insecurity is the main challenge that we face at the moment, the cost of food commodities is high and unaffordable. Due to my state of health and old age, I am not able to adequately fend for my family and it worries me a lot. We purchase every food we eat since we cannot produce it due to adverse climatic conditions. Our area is dry most of the time and recently we had the worst drought that lasted for a long. The results have been devastating to us and even to our livestock.