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53075 KES ($520 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different than it would have been if I would have never received the transfer from GiveDirectly in that, I am now able to till my own pieces of land with the four oxen I bought with the transfer sent to me. In addition, I am able to get some constant earning every time I till other people's pieces of land. Before GiveDirectly gave me money, this was a mere dream that I could not imagine I would be able to achieve in my lifetime.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, what GiveDirectly does well is giving financial support to the less fortunate people like me which in a great way has changed our lives. However, I have not seen anything that GiveDirectly does not do well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on buying two oxen since I already had two which I bought when I received the first transfer. I had always desired to have my own oxen for tilling my pieces of land at no fee. Currently, I feel good and less burdened financially because apart from tilling my own pieces of land, I can also be called to till pieces of land for the other people in my village at a cost hence my income has increased. Furthermore, I am always engaged in looking after my newly acquired herd of cattle, unlike before when I could not engage myself in any substantial activity. I also spent the rest of my second transfer in buying three sacks of maize to supplement food stuff for my household for the reason that in the last season, we did not get good harvest to support us.
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I am now able to raise my livestock just like the rest of the community members. I will able to sell out some of them in the future just in case I run out of cash anytime in the unforeseeable future.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was so happy when I received the money from the organization. I knew that finally my dreams would come true.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used the cash to buy two cows and one goat. Whatever remained out of that cash was used to buy food for the family. I bought the cows in order to be able to get milk from the domestic animals.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I shall be able to start a livestock business. I shall save the proceeds to feed my family and pay fees to my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is usually in the morning upon waking up to a healthy family and a new day to go out and do business that would enable me buy food to my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced has been lack of business that has seen family food and fees needs eat into my little capital whenever I came from the market without sales.