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Casual labor
Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES ($309 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the next year, my goal is to embark on extensive horticulture farming to not only provide income but also ensure food security for my family of four. To initiate this project, I estimate that I will need a capital investment of $120. My plan is to save the profits from the watermelon business to accumulate the necessary funds for this new venture. By reinvesting the profits from the watermelon business, I aim to gradually save up enough capital to kickstart the horticulture farming project. This approach allows me to leverage the success of my current business to create opportunities for growth and diversification in the future. Horticulture farming presents a promising opportunity to generate income and provide nutritious food for my family. I am optimistic about the prospects of this venture and remain committed to working diligently to achieve our goals. 
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I have personally experienced the transformative impact of GiveDirectly's transfers, and I have witnessed how it has uplifted lives within our community. The support provided has boosted businesses and improved the overall health and well-being of individuals and families. For my own family of four, the financial uplift has been significant. We are in a better position now compared to where we were before receiving the transfers. This support has enabled us to pursue opportunities for growth and stability that were previously out of reach. So far, I believe that GiveDirectly's approach is effective and does not require any changes. The transfers have been instrumental in bringing about positive change, and everything seems to be working well. I am grateful for the support we have received, and I am optimistic about the future thanks to GiveDirectly's continued assistance.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon receiving my transfers, I strategically allocated the funds to address various needs and invest in our family's future. This included $50 for my orphaned nephew's school fees, $30 for my own medication, $10 for my brother's medication, and $10 for my children's medication to ensure our health and well-being. Recognizing the importance of generating income, I invested $100 in purchasing three goats, which will serve as a sustainable source of income for my family. Furthermore, I allocated $110 towards purchasing watermelon seeds, $50 for land cultivation, $37 for casual labor, $35 for gasoline for irrigation, and the remaining funds for herbicides to support our agricultural endeavors. As a family of four relying on daily earnings from casual jobs like weeding for our $3 daily income, the transfers have been instrumental in uplifting our financial status. I am truly grateful for the support, which has enabled us to address immediate needs while also laying the foundation for long-term stability and prosperity.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
20000 KES ($130 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
While I was at home engaged in construction work, I unexpectedly received a message confirming the receipt of $200. At the time, I wasn't aware that this sum was from GiveDirectly. I awaited a reversal from Safaricom or a call from the sender, assuming it might have been a mistaken transaction. However, I overheard my neighbors discussing receiving money from GiveDirectly, prompting me to verify the sender. That's when I realized that the funds were indeed from GiveDirectly. I immediately shared this with my wife, and as a family, we were overjoyed. We had various needs within our home, and with this support, we knew we were going to address them. Thank GiveDirectly for Your immense support.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Thanks to the support from GivedDirectly, our lives have undergone a significant transformation. Previously, both my wife and I would venture out for casual jobs, hustling to make ends meet. But now, with the assistance that ensured our family had food, the dynamic has shifted. I've taken on the responsibility of seeking casual work and producing charcoal, allowing my wife to find solace at home, focusing on caring for our children, and managing the household. The change is immense, and seeing her in this new role brings me joy. We are immensely grateful for the support provided by Give directly, which has not only eased our financial burdens but has also enabled us to reorganize our lives for the better.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon receiving $200 from GiveDirectly, we made several crucial purchases to improve our home. Initially, we only had one plastic chair, making it challenging for visitors and even our family to find seating. As the husband, I sat on the lone chair, while my wife perched on a broken container, and our two children sat on the floor. With the funds, we bought three additional plastic chairs at $18. We invested $23 in new utensils since the ones we owned were either broken or had lost their original colors due to age. we also purchased three water containers at $4.5. Fetching water from the river had been a daily chore, often relying on borrowed containers from our neighbors. We also spent $45 on clothes. Our worn-out clothes and shoes were long overdue for replacement. Additionally, we invested $5 in a curtain since our old one was torn, allowing unwanted eyes to peep into our home. We bought a phone for $43.25 to provide my wife with a means to stay connected while I was away. This saved us from sharing a single phone. We allocated $10 to assist my brother who was in need. With our income relying on sporadic jobs earning us $4 per day and charcoal burning, putting food on the table was a problem and from the support, we dedicated $25.25 to ensure our family had food. To address any unforeseen needs we set aside $20 as savings. The support made a profound difference in our lives.
access_time 5 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Receiving the transfers means so much to us because it offers us a second chance to improve our lives for the better. Firstly, we intend to use the first $200 of the cash transfers to build an additional room. This is important because my wife, 2 children and myself live in a single room which has little space. For the second cash transfer, we intend to purchase 2 cows which would cost us about $300 of the transfers. We also intend to purchase 4 goats and 3 sheep which will cost us about $150. For the third cash transfer, we have planned to open up a shop in Lororo shopping center which is the closest shopping center to our village. This is suitable for us because it offers us a chance to have a source of income which would make life better. With these cash transfers, I believe that our lives will be transformed for the better.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiness in the past 6 months came majorly in April after I managed to harvest over 20 bags of maize from an irrigation farm I leased. This delighted me so much since before this, I used to get between 5 to 8 sacks of maize.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Life has been full of challenges, however, the most felt challenge currently is a lack of consistent work. We depend mostly on casual work which is unpredictable, there are days one can get work and others where we may miss work. This is very challenging for us because when we don't get work we end up sleeping hungry. This saddens me so much because we have small children who cry all night when they don't get something to eat.