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72nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($19 USD)
access_time 14 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I'm eager to expand my livestock by purchasing another heifer to add to the one I already have. In addition, I recently acquired a sheep, as I had intended, and I'm thrilled to announce that it's about to give birth. This new addition to my flock brings a sense of anticipation and hope for the future, as it signifies growth and prosperity in my agricultural endeavors. Beyond livestock, I'm also determined to address the land issues that have been looming over us. Resolving these matters is essential for securing stability and ensuring the longevity of our family's legacy. To finance the purchase of the additional heifer, I will continue saving $15 in the merry-go-round savings group I'm part of, alongside four other members. This collective effort has proven to be a reliable source of funds, and I'm confident that with perseverance, we will reach our financial target and achieve our goals for the coming year.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
One thing GiveDirectly has done exceptionally well is ensuring that each recipient receives an equal amount. Knowing that everyone is treated fairly has fostered a sense of unity and cooperation among the recipients, which has been invaluable. Another aspect of GiveDirectly's approach that I deeply appreciate is their dedication to follow-up. Even if it means traveling to our rural villages where we live, they make sure to find us and check in on our progress. This level of commitment demonstrates their genuine concern for our well-being beyond just the initial transfer of funds. I wouldn't change a single thing about the program; everything from the equal distribution of funds to the thorough explanations provided has been executed flawlessly.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
In the past month the transfer came at a crucial time. My daughter fell ill, and I had to use part of the transfer to cover her medical expenses. As a single mother, I'm grateful for the support that allowed me to provide her with the care she needed. With the remaining amount, I purchased household food items to ensure that my family has enough to eat. Being a farmer, I understand the importance of having nutritious meals to sustain us through our daily tasks of tending to our crops. As a farmer, I primarily cultivate maize flour, beans, and sweet potatoes to support my family. It's not always easy being a single mother and managing a farm, but I'm determined to provide for my daughter's future. She is currently in Form 1, and I'm committed to ensuring that she receives a quality education.
 
68th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($20 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Had plans of buying goats but when our mother got sick we had to start taking care of her and took a lot of our time. We now have plans of reviving the pans and we will combine efforts with my children to make sure we make this happen. It will be much easier to make ends meet and quite easy to take care of them
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does well by giving money without conditions. During enrollment I w=used to share a house with goats. I have been able to build a better house , bought a dairy cow that has since calfed as well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Our mum had passed on and left a huge hospital bill. We combined efforts with family and cleared the bill . The money has been of great help to us especially during the period that she was sick. It became easier for us to combine efforts and meet the costs of medication. It supplemented the level of income that my children make from construction work. I used to stay all the time to take time and look after her and my children have been super supportive.
 
64th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have been burdened with a debt that has accumulated from my late mother's medical expenses. It has been a constant source of worry and stress, but I am determined to finally complete paying it off in a few months. In addition to clearing my debt, I have a plan to expand my farming activities. I have been considering buying some sheep to add to my livestock. My goal is to have three healthy and productive sheep by the end of the next year. I believe that having sheep will not only diversify my farming ventures but also serve as an asset in times of emergency. As a single mother, my daughter's future is of utmost importance to me. Currently, she is in class eight, and my dream is to ensure that she receives a quality education. Therefore, I am determined to save enough money to send her to high school next year. Education is the key to a brighter future, and I want to give her every opportunity to succeed.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The way GiveDirectly educated us about the program was remarkable. They took the time to explain every aspect of it, ensuring that we fully understood what to expect and how the unconditional money would be provided. Their transparency and clear communication gave me confidence and peace of mind. Another aspect that stood out to me was the constant follow-ups from GiveDirectly. It was reassuring to know that they genuinely cared about our well-being and progress. One of the things I appreciate the most about GiveDirectly is the freedom they granted us when it came to spending the money. They understood that we, as individuals, know our needs and circumstances best. In all honesty, I wouldn't change a thing about GiveDirectly. They have exceeded my expectations.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My mother has been facing health challenges since September last year. She was hit by a rock when she fell since she was blind, and it has been a tough journey ever since. The medical expenses piled up, and it became increasingly difficult for us to afford her treatment. The transfers came in handy as we were able to take her to hospital. Instead of worrying about how we would pay for her medical expenses, we could focus on getting her the care she needed. Every month, we used the money to take her to the hospital for check-ups, medications, and therapies. It was a tremendous relief for our family, knowing that we had the means to support her healthcare needs without constantly stressing about finances. It is quite unfortunate that even with all the care she received, we lost her last month to the illness and it is very devastating for our family. We pray that we can heal from the pain of her loss.
 
60th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the next one year and beyond my plan is to buy more goats as an investment. This is a project that I have always wanted to do with the help of GiveDirectly transfers. I will therefore be using transfers that I get from GiveDirectly each month to buy at least one goat. Goats are a very good investment in the area that we stay in and can easily multiply over a short time. It is for this reason that I am pursuing the goat keeping as a business this year.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly does so well by enrolling everyone within an household and giving each a transfer of their own. Looking at what I have done with this transfer makes me happy. I have been able to build a better house and paid school fees with the help of these transfers. I look forward to achieving much more with this transfer going forward.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The money came at a time when we had just lost our mother and there was need to raise a lot of money towards meeting the funeral expenses. We therefore combined efforts within the family and used all our transfers to meet some of the costs that came with it. I had plans of buying one goat with the transfer but then this had to be pushed forward to a later date. We are very happy however and appreciative of the support that we so received during this time.
 
56th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($24 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the coming year, I hope to have completed paying fee for the water tank since I am doing so through monthly installment. when I am done doing so, I will start saving money to use it to purchase a dairy cow for milk production for both domestic and commercial use.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GD has done well giving us unconditional transfers for us to choose what do it depending on our prioties. Through the transfer, I own semi permanent house that I never thought I will ever have. I have not seen anything that GD should improve.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I added 1500KES from the transfer to what I had saved earlier on to buy a water storage tank. Though I didn't not finish up paying for the tank, I am happy that I am owning a water storage tank for water harvesting during rainy season. Due to the drought situation that we were experiencing it was a real hustle to find water and the tank is a savior for me. In addition, I used the remaining amount to buy maize for my family since my 1/2 an acre land did not produce enough to fend my family for a whole year.
 
52nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($25 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
48th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
44th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($27 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
40th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($27 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
36th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 3 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
32nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($21 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.