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Kobilo's family
Subsistence farming
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?
This year, I have a significant goal: to start farming. This decision holds great potential for me and my family in several ways.By cultivating crops, we can ensure a steady supply of fresh and nutritious food for our household. This will not only improve our health and well-being but also reduce our reliance on buying expensive groceries.Also,farming offers the opportunity to sell any surplus produce, providing us with an extra source of income. With this additional money, we can purchase things that we may need but cannot grow ourselves, such as clothing, tools, or school supplies. Starting farming represents a pathway to greater self-sufficiency, improved nutrition, and increased financial stability for me and my family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I am genuinely impressed by GiveDirectly and everything they've done for me. From the beginning, they've followed up with me so well, ensuring that I received the support I needed. Their dedication and attention to detail have made a real difference in my life. I don't have any recommendations because I believe they've done everything right. I am grateful for their assistance and for the positive impact they've had on me and my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With the recent $450 transfer from GiveDirectly, I made a thoughtful investment in my future. I used the funds to purchase four goats and build a safe enclosure for them. This decision holds promise for both the present and the future. Not only will these goats provide me with valuable resources such as milk, meat, and offspring, but as they multiply, they will also increase my financial security. By ensuring their safety and well-being in a secure enclosure, I am laying the foundation for a sustainable source of income that will help meet my needs both now and in the years to come.
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?
Although I am not heavily involved in farming, I understand the significance of crop farming in reducing our reliance on purchasing food. My hope for the coming year and beyond is to managing my existing farms with a fence to safeguard our crops. In the future, I plan to hire someone to handle the day-to-day farm operations and planting tasks, and eventually, I entrust my elder son taking over the management of the farm. This way, I hope to not only reduce food expenses but also ensure the sustainability of our farming efforts for generations to come.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
We are genuinely grateful for the support we received from GiveDirectly, a program that truly stood out for its fairness and lack of bias. It was a unique experience, something we had never imagined before. While we had previously received small aids from government initiatives for the elderly and various NGOs, the freedom to receive and spend this money unconditionally was truly amazing. GiveDirectly's approach allowed us to address our most pressing needs with autonomy, providing a sense of dignity and hope for a brighter future that no other program had offered before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I decided to use the second transfer from GiveDirectly, considering my family's future needs. I bought two goats, one for $80 and another for $50, with the intention of breeding them and selling their offspring to cover school fees and other household expenses. To safeguard our land, I invested $80 in chain links for fencing against stray livestock. I also spent $80, on purchasing food for my family of five. In an effort to improve our living conditions, I spent $32 on four bags of cement for house renovations and paid $20 for labor. Lastly, I used the remaining $108 to purchase doors to close off the open side of the house that was incomplete. At my age, I rely on livestock farming, particularly goat farming, as my primary source of income since I am unable to engage in traditional farming activities. These decisions have brought a sense of security and hope for the future of my family.
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?
At approximately 3:00 p.m., I received a message that happened to be a confirmation of the initial transfer from GiveDirectly. The moment I understood the content after going through it, I was very excited, as I had numerous goals I eagerly wanted to achieve with that first payment. Although I couldn't immediately withdraw the funds, I eagerly waited for two days until I could collect the amount from the nearby shopping center, where I made my very first purchases.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life after receiving the first transfer from GiveDirectly, is the sense of peace and tranquility I now experience. Erecting a fence has remarkably reduced the entry of stray livestock into our compound, allowing me to focus on tending to the growing tree seedlings and expanding our planting endeavors with much greater ease.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Over a prolonged period, I have faced numerous disruptions caused by stray livestock from the neighborhood invading my compound, as well as my own goats, which have proven difficult to restrain and often damage tree seedlings and sun-dried food items. To address this issue, I made the decision to utilize the entire $200 to purchase barbed wire and chainlinks, intending to fence the homestead. Although I have yet to complete the construction of a gate, it has become significantly easier to keep stray livestock from entering the compound after erecting the fence. I am delighted that I now enjoy peace of mind, thanks to the improved management of entry points, and I hope to construct a lockable gate with subsequent transfers. Given my advanced age, living with my husband and two grandchildren, this financial support has provided us with a tremendous opportunity to tackle the challenges we have long been facing.
access_time 10 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I have been relying on farming to earn a living up until two years ago when I stopped. I have two acres of land near a river but I have not farmed since it is encroached on by livestock due to poor fencing. I am currently purchasing all food from the market which is quite expensive with no income. These transfers will help me purchase good fencing material which means I will go back to my farming. I am thankful because the transfers will change my life and be financially independent since I shall be selling the surplus of farm produce. All my basic needs for my family shall be met through this and I can help pay school fees for my grandchildren.
What is the happiest part of your day?
With old age comes a lot of complications and ailments but I am thankful to God for good health. For the past six months, nobody in my family was sick and this makes me happy. Waking up each morning to a healthy family gives me peace.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Food insecurity is the greatest challenge in this area due to prolonged drought. With age I am not able to fend for my family hence we rely on our children to provide for us. This makes us look like we are burdening them because they too have families to take care of. We mostly take two meals a day and in small portions so that whatever we have can last us long. This has affected our health because we lack nnutritious food.