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53150 KES ($530 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is better than how it was before I received the transfers. When I was diagnosed with diabetes, my life was shattered because I ended up selling the property I had accumulated to cater for the medication. My children are still young and this really disturbed me because I did not know where to start again especially in proving good education to them. When GD came in, my hope for life was rejuvenated. I used the transfers to invest on dairy farming. This will help me cater for my children education and also continuously pay for my medication.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well by giving the poor cash unconditionally. This gave us the opportunity of priorities the transfers according to our needs. This has really helped us as a community. I have not seen anything that GiveDirectly has not done well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent large portion of the second transfers on purchasing a dairy cow to add on what I had bought previously using the first transfer. I decided to invest on dairy farming in order to support my income provision to my family and also to cater for my medication. I also bought two sacks of maize for my family and I used the rest on my medication.Four years ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes I ended up selling all my property to cater for the medication. I used to own a shop business but it collapsed too due to lack of money to restock it.
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life right now is that I am no longer stressed and actually my health is now getting stable wiith the less stuff to worry about.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was so happy and overjoyed when I received the transfer. I got so sure that I was going to buy a cow that I have been planning finally.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used the transfer that I received to to buy a dairy cow for rearing and also bought food for my family. I also did some tilling in my land in preparation for planting.I am planning to use the remaining amount to put up a poultry house.
access_time almost 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money makes me very excited.This means that I will start a small business to boost my income.I am yet to decide on the kind of business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening.This is after the day's activities which make me feel relaxed.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Fifteen years ago I was diagonised with diabetes which in turn led to High blood pressure.I have been under medication since then and every month I have to buy drugs worth 5,000 Kenya shillings.This has been a real struggle.Infact I had a shop business which collapsed due to the expenses to do with my medication.This is the biggest hardship I have faced in my life.