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53150 KES ($528 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The transfers changed my life by enabling me to own a lot of things I never ever thought I would own in my entire life due to the level of poverty that we lived in. Above all, I managed to start a grocery business through the transfers which now provides me with a regular source of income. I am now able to support my husband in providing for the family, a support that has been greatly welcomed by him because it has taken off a huge burden off his shoulders.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDireclty did well by sending officers to teach us prior to sending the money which was a good way of reducing family quarrels that may have arisen between family members. This also guided us into making wise decisions because they said we should use the money in meaningful ways.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent most of the money I received on a heifer hoping to be able to have milk for family use in future to reduce the daily budget by cutting off the money spent on milk. I also purchased a solar lighting kit as we still have no access to electricity in our area hence mostly use kerosene lamps which are not only toxic but also costly due to the high kerosene prices. While I was still planning on how to spend the rest of the transfer, I got sick and was admitted in the hospital for a while, which forced me to use part of the money to clear my hospital bills. The rest of the money was spent on furniture, clothing and foodstuff.
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time 3 years ago
The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
access_time 3 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Indeed God opens a way where there was no way. Receiving this money means that our family income will increase significantly. We will utilize the transfer on improving our faming activities - buying a cow and planting quality seeds. Accordingly, we shall gain more revenue and enjoy a higher standard of living.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is at the dawn when I wake up with my healthy and happy family. This motivates me for the rest of the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
In the year 2016, we were evicted from the famous Mau Forest. Accordingly, we lost most of our belongings including cattle, furniture, houses and other property. The event was traumatizing because it was like the end life. Up to date, we have not regain our initial state. Hence, the eviction serves as the biggest hardship we have faced in life.