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Sharon
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
33
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53200 KES ($467 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have eight children in different levels of education. Meeting our basic needs and paying their school fees is already a challenge to us since we depend on working on people's farms for survival. Because of this, I do not have any new goal apart from concentrating on farming so that I can at least earn some money through the sale of far produce
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly officers respected everyone and their opinions during the enrollment stages. They also did well by also deciding to give us financial aid that enabled us to achieve so many things like building iron-roofed houses, buying live assets, paying school fees for our children, and buying new clothes and food for our families. I do not see anything that I was not pleased with.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I bought a heifer worth KES 23000 upon receiving my second transfer. This is an investment that I will depend on when it calves through the sale of surplus since I usually work on other people's farms so that I can get some money to use in buying food. In addition, I will be able to save KES 1000 that I usually spend monthly on buying milk. Apart from this, I used KES 13000 to pay school fees for my seven children in primary and one in secondary school to avoid them being sent back home. From what had remained, I used KES 5000 on farming by hiring a tractor to till my farm and spent the remaining amount on food. I depend on working on peoples farms likewise to my spouse
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($508 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home cleaning when I saw a message on my phone, it was an Mpesa message,I decided to open it and to my surprise it was the promised transfer from GiveDirectly,I called my husband and gave him the good news that we had received, we all prayed together and started planning on how to spend our money, everyone in my household was happy and excited.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I am a farmer and a casual labourer, we all depend on our small farm to feed my family which is barely enough, so when I received my transfer I thought of a project that was favourable and sustainable,I decided to buy a dairy cow worth KES 28,000 of which am hopeful that I will be able to earn an income out of it,I also started a Poultry project , with this project I believe I will have enough to cater for our daily needs.Thanks for the support because it improved my living standards.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received my transfer ,I had planned to buy a daily cow so that in months to come I would be selling milk, therefore, I bought a cow worth KES 28,000, I also bought building materials to build a poultry house so as to start a poultry keeping project.
 
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
When GiveDirectly came to our village and did a baraza, I gave praise to God because I knew that my desire to own a dairy cow will be fulfilled. I have 8 children who really need milk for nutritional value. I have always sourced milk from a neighbor who sells a litre at 40. To pay for this, we have to look for casual labor which earn a meager KES 300 which is not enough for a family of 10. Receiving this money therefore is a dream come true for me and my family. Thank you GiveDirectly.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is always in the morning because I have woken up healthy. At this time, I feel rejuvenated to do my house chores and then go and look for casual labor in a nearby farm.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Crop failure in my farm has been one of my biggest worry. I have not had a successful maize harvest for the past 7 years mainly as a result of drought and crop disease. This means that we solely have to look for casual labor so as to buy maize flour for my family, something we could have easily avoided if maize harvest would have been successful.