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53150 KES ($485 USD)
access_time 23 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Depending on my self is what has made my life different. Before I used to be depending on my children to buy food for me. With the transfers, I plow my piece of land and plant maize which I know in some coming months I will have enough food.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The manner of transparency they used during enrollment is what I saw they did the best. Also having a dairy cow of my own is what I sincerely thank Give directly for.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spend my second transfer on purchasing fencing wire. I have a dairy cow and it has been disturbing me by grazing on my maize plantation. For the rest of my transfer, I used to purchase food and others on paying school fees for my grandchildren.
55000 KES ($494 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt very happy when I saw the M-pesa SMS saying that I had received the transfer from GiveDirectly. I felt a ray of hope in me because I knew the money is going to help me a lot. I will now be able to fulfill what I have always wanted to do. Thank you GiveDirectly for making this happen. May God bless you so much.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
This transfer has brought a big difference in my life and that of my family. Having bought the bag of maize, my children will no longer have to do casual jobs to get money to buy food. They will thus have something to eat and hence they will not go hungry. This money has also enabled me to have a kitchen that I did not have, I used to cook on the verandah of my other house. With the new kitchen house, I will no longer be feeling the outside cold as I cook. I am milking one of the two goats that I bought and I am getting a litre of milk. I hence do not buy milk anymore since the goat’s milk has been of great help to me and my family. I will also take care of the calf that I bought so that when it grows, I will sell it and buy a bigger cow. With the bigger cow, I will be able to get enough milk that my family can consume and I can sell some. Also, having paid back the loans, I will be able to get access to another loan that will help me in my small business. This money has enabled me to do what I thought I will never do. Thank you so much GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used part of the money that I received from GiveDirectly in agriculture. I bought onion seeds for planting and insecticides for spraying the farm. I also bought a calf and two goats. I was also able to buy some iron sheets that I plan to use in building a kitchen. The money also helped me in paying back some loans that I had not finished paying and I bought a bag of maize that is going to act as food for my family. I still have a little bit of the money left that I plan to use in buying herbicides for spraying the weeds on the farm. I have always wanted to do the above things especially to build a kitchen but due to lack of money, I have not been able to. The money that I have been getting from borrowing these loans, I have been using in buying food and investing in small businesses such as selling vegetables.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will have a source of income.At my age,I cannot do most manual jobs.I wish to own a dairy cow not only to provide milk for consumption but also for sale.If I am lucky to receive these transfers,I will spend sh 50,000 in buying one.By doing this,am sure I will be able to earn up to sh 200 daily.This will go a long way in meeting all the other needs of my household.I will also invest in poultry farming as well as build a small kitchen with the remainder.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I spend most of my day doing light chores around the compound and on my vegetable garden.Even though I try not to strain because of my health condition,this tires me still.By afternoon,I take some time to rest and regain my energy.This is usually the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
About 15 years ago,I fell down while carrying firewood on my back.This resulted in an injury on my spinal cord.For some years since then,I could not walk until I got surgery to treat it.Since the surgery,I have not been able to perform most duties especially in the farm.This has left me depending on my sons who also have families.Sometimes I am ashamed to ask for their help hence I end up going without food.This is the biggest hardship I have faced