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53075 KES ($524 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The difference in my life since I received my transfer from GiveDirectly is that I am often peaceful and greatly relieved from the stress of raising money to pay school fee for my children. Secondly, through GiveDirectly transfers, I managed to buy a cow and now I am counted among those who own a cow in my village. This has not only boosted my esteem, but is also a fulfillment of my long time dream since I had never owned a cow in my entire life.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does well in dissociating itself from the government programs hence it works with openness. This has made it to win our trust as the community members. I have only seen what GiveDirectly does well as opposed to what it does not do well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on paying school fee for my brother who is currently enrolled in form four. My husband and I had been struggling before to pay school fee for both my children and my brother who is a total orphan. Receiving this transfer was a bigger relief to my family because from it we were able to comfortably clear fee arrears not only for my children, but also for my brother. As a family, we strongly believe that education will open for them greater doors of opportunities. Secondly, I spent the remaining portion of my transfer on purchasing a cow which I hope will provide us with milk once it gives birth. Although my household has been buying milk, from this cow, we will be able to get milk freely for our children and also sell part of it to raise some little money for our upkeep.
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the happiness I feel. This is because I managed to clear the fee balance that I didn't know I would clear that easily. The fact that I now own a property which is a cow makes me happy too.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment when I received my money I felt so happy then later I thought I need to thank God first before doing anything, so I then thanked God for the money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have siblings who are in secondary school, and they had fee arrears, so I used part of the money to clear their fee arrears. Part of the money I used to buy a dairy cow so that after it has given birth I'll have enough milk to sustain the family. I also do not have a stable source of income, so I'll also sell the milk to provide me with income.
access_time over 5 years ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is paying of bus fare for my children to and from school daily since we do not have any schools within our community.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is usually in the afternoon after my young children are back from school, we sit together, tell stories and share meals together.
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I shall be able to buy a dairy cow and I shall be able to sell the milk produced to meet my family needs.