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55000 KES ($372 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Expanding my horizons and securing a better future for my family is now within reach, thanks to the support I received from GiveDirectly. One of my primary goals is to establish a shop business within our village. This shop would serve as a convenient source of essential goods and food items for our community, eliminating the need for villagers to travel long distances for their basic needs. In doing so, I can contribute to the well-being of my fellow community members while also generating a steady income for my family. This business endeavor will not only improve our financial situation but also create a sense of self-sufficiency. Additionally, I have a strong interest in livestock farming, particularly the rearing of goats. Goats are known for their resilience to drought and their ability to thrive in various environmental conditions. By investing in goat farming, I aim to build a sustainable source of income for my family. Goats can reproduce relatively quickly, and their meat and milk can be sold to generate income or provide us with additional nourishment. These plans represent more than just dreams; they are actionable steps toward securing a better future for my family. The financial stability provided by GiveDirectly's support has given me the confidence and means to pursue these endeavors.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The impact of GiveDirectly's cash transfers on my life and our community cannot be overstated. These transfers have brought about significant positive changes, both personally and collectively. I used the cash I received to acquire goats, which hold great value for me. These goats not only represent an asset but also a source of income and sustenance. Their ability to reproduce ensures a steady stream of income and resources for my family's needs, including school fees and food. This newfound financial stability has provided a sense of security and hope that was previously elusive. Moreover, I am not alone in experiencing the transformative effects of GiveDirectly's assistance. Our entire community has witnessed positive changes. Many families have used cash transfers to improve their living conditions, invest in income-generating activities, and provide better education and healthcare for their children. As a result, our community has become more vibrant, resourceful, and economically empowered. Perhaps one of the most profound impacts has been on our collective self-esteem. In the face of relentless struggles to meet basic needs, it's easy to feel demoralized and defeated. However, the cash transfers have restored our faith in ourselves.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The decision to buy livestock costing $350, including six goats and one cow, was a significant and strategic move for me. Before receiving support from GiveDirectly, I had never had the means to own such animals. However, I saw this as a golden opportunity to invest in a future source of income. I plan to allow these animals to reproduce, gradually increasing their numbers. This not only ensures a consistent supply of milk for my family's consumption but also opens up the possibility of selling surplus milk and livestock to generate additional income. It's a sustainable approach that gives me confidence in my family's financial stability in the years to come. Apart from investing in livestock, I used a portion of the funds to improve my house. I spent $160 to put up iron sheets, which provide better shelter for my family and also prevent exposure to health hazards, and enhance our security. This was a much-needed upgrade, and it has significantly improved our living conditions. Another important aspect is ensuring that my family has enough to eat. I allocated $40 to buy food. Before receiving the transfers, providing for my family of four was a constant struggle. Now, we are much better cushioned against food insecurity, and the relief this brings is immeasurable. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and look forward to a more secure and prosperous future.
55000 KES ($439 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I depend on local wine tapping and livestock rearing as my reliable source of livelihood for the family. It was around 4 pm when I was busy grazing my livestock in the bush, an activity that I engage in during the afternoon to complete wine tapping. I received two consecutive message notifications on the phone. This was unusual since I hardly get any text messages at that time of the day. I was very eager to know the content text. After checking, I was surprised to see the Mpesa message from Segovia technology. I was very happy about receiving the transfer which means a better life for the family. At around 6 pm when arrived home, I informed the rest of my family members and we both thanked God and GiveDirectly for the financial assistance.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is that I am glad to have accomplished the dream of boosting livestock rearing as a reliable source of income for the family. Currently, I am happy to own six cows and 10 goats in total, and the long-term goal I would sell the goats when they multiply to construct and start a small hotel business at our nearby market.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I invested a larger part of the transfers in boosting my livestock rearing. This is because I had desired to improve it to be more stable to support our needs without much struggle. I spent $ 325 to purchase one cow, three goats, 2 turkeys, and 8 chickens. This is a long-term investment for the family that will help us whenever face a financial crisis in the future. Similarly, I bought various veterinary medicine for the livestock for treatment when they get diseases. In addition, I intend to use the remaining amount to acquire food and clothing for my wife and children.
access_time 12 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I recently realized I do not have enough assets to cussion me against hard times. I therefore felt I should do something to that effect. As a villager, the best way is to keep some domestic animals that can be sold very quickly when need be. I'm thinking of starting with goats because they're a little more hardy than cattle. This goes well in semi arid areas like this one where there's always very little pasture with just shrubs for animals that can browse. I want to buy ten each at $35 for a start, then use the rest of the money to buy basic family supplies.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I remember three months ago, in the month of June when we were splitting our shares from a particular table banking we have here in the village. I got $ 180 that I spent to buy a solar panel and a couple of solar lamps for home lightning. I was really happy that day. We normally save money this way, by deciding how much you can deposit after a particular period of time. Personally I have been contributing $1 daily. This money is saved for one year ending in the month of June when we normally end a cycle.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have a problem finding a reliable source of income in this area. For this reason I decided to join my father in tapping palm wine since five years ago. We do not have palm trees at home, so we basically do this in a particular homestead in the next village where we have some business arrangements with the palm trees owner. This works in such a way that we sell the product and split the proceeds equally. The biggest problem is that I can only make between $1 to $3 a day, which is way too little for my family's needs. I have a wife and a one year old child.