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Subsistence farming
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
25500 KES ($248 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
My life is different from how it would have been four months ago in that I no longer cook outside as I used to before the transfers. Since I did not have enough resources to raise money to buy building materials to use in building a kitchen. I had struggled and I had given up on building a kitchen. When I received these transfers, I was able to buy building materials such as iron sheets which I used in building the kitchen. My children do not have to walk at night to find a sleeping place since our house could not accommodate us all at night.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
My new goal in the next four months is to plaster my house. This is to make it durable and strong to sustain my life so that I do not have to budget for another house again. I would want to handle the issue once and for all so that I focus on other family needs.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
Give Directly has enabled to have a new house which I have been planning for the last two years. The one I had was old and too small to sustain my family, especially at night. The roof was rusty and very weak due to strong winds in my area. I was afraid the roof would come off before I find money to replace it. When I received these transfers, I was able to buy building materials such as iron sheets, nails, and timber which I used to put up a new house. Right now, I have a three bedroomed,iron-roofed house. I feel comfortable in the new house.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I would want to start a business. This is because I would want to have a stable income source of income since casual work was not enough to sustain my family needs. The business will help me raise my financial status to another level. I would not want to depend on my husband for everything.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
23675 KES ($235 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the ease I have gotten when building my house. I did not have to burden my children with the money. I have also got a house of my desire.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months,I expect my life to have changed for the better. I will have piece of mind. I will no longer have to worry anymore.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Were it for GiveDirectly,I would have never built a new house. It could have taken me forever to do this.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
My new goal is to plaster my new house.
access_time over 6 years ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is raising enough capital to revive my collapsed business that I believe will make for my stable income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is mid day when I get people to interact with and forget the hardships that I am facing.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I plan to spend my transfers on constructing a new house since the one I live in currently is old and may collapse on us.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is having bought livestock with the profits earned in a small business I had in the past. The livestock have since multiplied and so I still count the profits though unfortunately the business collapsed.