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53075 KES ($524 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has improved since I received the cash transfer as I am very optimistic that the business I started with the cash will bring sustainable income to my family in the near future, thus constant food supply and timely payment my children's school fee, hence less stress. Unlike before, when I used to do casual work as this was very strenuous financially.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, I think the enrollment process is fair and the decision of giving unconditional money for people to prioritize the transfer according to their needs is what I loved most. I have not seen what GiveDirectly has not done well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent 30,000 KES of my second transfer to invest on my existing poultry business. For instance, I bought chicken feeds and medicine. I had started this business using my first transfer and I am yet to sell the eggs and hopefully have sustainable income. Since my land is very unproductive, I did not harvest enough maize to sustain my family for long so I used 12000 KES to purchase six sacks of maize that would last us for sometime. Lastly,I used the rest of the cash to clear fee arrears for my child who completed secondary education last year but was not allowed to collect his certificates because of the arrears.
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is happiness since my dream of starting poultry farming has been fulfilled at last.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received this transfers, I was so overwhelmed with joy.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfers to buy sixty chicks worth 24000 KES, used 1200 KES as transport, bought growers mash worth 10000 KES, bought 2 sacs of 90 Kg of maize and used the remaining amount to pay driving school fee for my son.
access_time 8 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have been planning to start a small business of poultry farming but due to lack of capital, I have not managed to fulfill my dreams. Now that I will receive transfer from GiveDirectly, I will soon start my business and I thank God for touching the hearts of the donors for this lifetime opportunity.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning. I feel rejuvinated when I wake up healthy, happy and ready to face the day's activity.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is lack of School fees. Even though I have livestock, its proceed is hardly enough for both home consumption and other expenses like School fees.