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53150 KES ($500 USD)
access_time 17 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different from how it was in that, I will no longer be depending on handouts since I own livestock that will be bringing me income.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The fact that the community was directly involved when GiveDirectly came through Baraza's hence, this helped most of us to understand what was going on. The unconditional money also gave us the chance to solemnly make decisions that helped in uplifting our living standards. On the other hand, there was nothing that went wrong.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of my transfer on cementing my house since it was a dream come true for my family and I courtesy of GiveDirectly. Besides, we hardly sneeze and cough uncontrollably like we used to thus minimizing frequent visits to the health center for medication. Besides, I bought a dairy cow for domestic and commercial purposes. Before I did not have any livestock, however, because of financial assistance, I am not only a proud owner of an exotic dairy cow but also sheep that reproduces three times a year hence expecting more return in the future. Lastly, used the remaining amount to replenish my wardrobe.
55000 KES ($548 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the dairy cow that I have bought for the family. I feel so much relieved by the fact that I am no longer going to spend much money on buying milk for the family. The thought of having more cows in the near future is overwhelmingly good to me too. These are assets that will help me meet any financial emergencies like paying school fees for my children and other important tasks ahead. I feel so much indebted to GiveDirectly for enabling me realize my dreams much earlier than I had projected.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt so happy the moment I received money from GiveDirectly. We had been expecting the money early that month but days had passed without us receiving the money. We were at the verge of giving up but our hopes were rekindled when we received a message from GiveDirectly that the money was going to delay that month but assuring us that we were going to receive them anyway. It was very early in the morning when I heard my phone ring and on confirming that I had indeed received the money, I shared the information with my wife and children who equally rejoiced upon receiving the information.We already had plans on how we were going to spend the money and we got down to implementing our plans as a family.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used KES 28000 of my first transfer to buy a dairy cow that was already at the milk producing age. I chose to do this since I had suffered for a long time buying milk each day for my family. I spent a total of KES 1000 per month on milk alone and I felt this was money which would otherwise have been spent to meet other basic household needs. I now feel proud and relieved that I have not only a cow but also milk to feed my family and the menace of looking for milk from the kiosks each and every day is now a thing of the past. I used the remaining amount to build a kitchen for the family and cement the floor of the main house. We did not have a kitchen and this meant that we used gas for cooking at the main house which was way too expensive as well. I refilled my gas at least once in a month and this was straining on my little income sometimes. Having built this kitchen means that we can now use firewood which is locally available and cheaper as well and ultimately reduce the cost of living. The floor of the main house once improved, shall make it easier for us to maintain and make it more comfortable as well. I am looking forward to accomplishing all my set out plans once I receive my second transfer.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I recently moved out of my parent's home to live on my own with my spouse.I built a one bedroom house but I have not been able to complete it due to lack of funds.I have also not managed to buy furniture as well as build a kitchen.Receiving this money will enable me complete this construction work and buy household items.I will also buy a cow to add to the one I already have so that through that my family can have a source of income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My day starts as early as 8:00 AM when I leave home for school.I teach at a nearby secondary school.I love my job and I derive lots of happiness from imparting knowledge to my students.Even though it can be tiresome and demanding,am always zealous and strive to meet my objectives for the day.In the evening,as I return home,am happy that I will be able to take a rest and spend time with my family before the next day starts.I enjoy every aspect of my day hence am happy all through the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
When I was in high school,my parents were struggling alot to pay school fees for me and two of my siblings.Being peasant farmers,they could not afford to pay for a boarding school for me hence I had to go to a nearby day secondary school.During weekends,my siblings and I would harvest firewood and take to school using wooden carts to cater for our fees.This was always tiresome and consumed a lot of time that I would have spent studying.It was a difficult four years but it was the only available option if we wanted to proceed with our studies.This paid off eventually since I was able to pass and proceed to the University through the Government sponsored program.This is the biggest hardship I have faced.