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Mary's family
Subsistence farming
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8th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life currently different from how it was four months ago?
Four months ago I would sleep on an empty stomach not once not twice because of lack of a proper income. My health had deteriorated and one could think I was sick. This has changed so drastically ever since I started receiving my transfers, now I can eat all the three meals a day and even spoilt for choices of what to take all thanks to GD.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life for the next four months?
I have been planning to renovate my house. Plaster the wall and the floor as well as well fix a steel door to beef up the security. I am hopeful to roll this plan as soon as I will have accumulated enough resources.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life in the last four months preceding the current transfer.
The biggest difference is that I no longer sleep on an empty stomach anymore. Initially, I used to go without food on some days due to the lack of resources. This was so unpleasing and unhealthy for my old age. GD directly has enabled me to put a meal on my table every single day. This to me is a blessing that does not come every day in my life.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months what is likely to happen is, I will be healthy and good looking not malnourished like I used to look before I started receiving my transfers. I will also have gathered enough resources and hopefully will have started the renovation of my house.
4th Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is that I currently sleep comfortably on a bed and a high-density mattress thanks to the transfers I received from Givedirectly.
How do you expect your life to change in the next six months?
In the next six months, I really do not have it figured out but I am optimistic that my life will have improved.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I currently sleep comfortably thanks to GD for the new bed mattress, I eat well and I am peaceful. Initially, my nights were long because of lack of proper sleep and enough food. My life is now more interesting and less stressful like before.
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I have no new goals.
access_time 1 year ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is lack of a spacious house that can accommodate my family well and inadequate income for our daily upkeep.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest of my day is in the afternoon after coming back from the farm and relaxing together with my husband as we plan on what food to prepare for supper.
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on expanding my house in order to accommodate my family well.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is how I saved through table banking until I got a total of Ksh 25,000 which enabled me to build this small house that we have today.