How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Despite possessing a stretch of land fit for conversion into a farm, my advancing age renders me unable to utilize it fully. Nevertheless, I wish that this land could still prove beneficial if I were to introduce livestock, allowing them to graze and utilize its productivity with minimal effort on my part. In the coming year and beyond, my focus will be on nurturing the few livestock I currently have, comprising chickens and goats. These resilient animals thrive even in harsh conditions, and I am hopeful that they will multiply, serving as a valuable asset for buying foodstuff in the future when I am no longer able to work actively.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Without GiveDirectly's support, I cannot imagine how dire our situation would be right now. The increasingly harsh climatic conditions have caused us significant losses in our farming endeavors, but thankfully, GiveDirectly's timely support arrived when we had no other options left. The program has enabled many of us to achieve things we never thought possible in our households, such as paying school fees, constructing new houses, and consistently providing food for our families during these difficult times. The enrollment process was fair, and everyone was grateful to receive the promised amount on the same day. Although we knew the support would only last for three months, we remain hopeful that another opportunity for assistance will arise, even if it does not come from GiveDirectly. We are content and have no complaints, as everything was carried out according to the initial explanations we received.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
In the past three years, our reliance on farming has become increasingly challenging. Despite our best efforts, we've struggled to put food on the table due to a scarcity of casual labor opportunities and my advancing age, which limits my ability to work. To make ends meet, I have resorted to gathering herbal medicine and firewood from the surrounding forests, occasionally selling these items to provide for my five grandchildren, whom I care for. Recently, three of my grandchildren underwent circumcision rites, and while their parents covered most of the expenses, I contributed $20 towards the costs. Additionally, I spent $105 in purchasing two sacks of maize, which we are currently relying on while hoping for alternative sources of sustenance. I also purchased a goat from my son for $10, aiding him in his financial struggles amid his son's court case. Although I haven't brought the goat home yet, knowing that I have supported my family brings me solace. With my spouse, we used $57 on personal items such as new clothes, shoes, and toiletries. While managing various expenses in the shopping center, I incurred transportation costs totaling $80, cleared a debt of $83 at a nearby shop, and utilized the remaining funds to repair a chicken coop with plans to expand our poultry holdings in the future. Despite the challenges we face, I am grateful for the support provided by GiveDirectly, which has eased our burdens and provided essential support during these trying times.