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Talai's family
Raising livestock
Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES ($295 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Having a small piece of land dedicated to kitchen gardening has been beneficial, allowing me to cultivate vegetables, income-generating crops like sweet potatoes and tobacco, as well as fruits. However, maintaining the garden has become challenging due to recent invasions by goats, resulting in significant damage to my crops. In the upcoming year and beyond, my plan is to fence around the garden to mitigate such issues and enhance the management of the diverse crops. This strategic move aims not only to ensure food security but also to serve as a consistent source of income. Despite the interest from village members eager for the vegetables, I am currently unable to plant anything new until I erect a new fence, which I plan to accomplish by early January. This proactive measure reflects my commitment to sustaining and expanding the productivity of my kitchen garden.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has proven to be instrumental since its inception, allowing me to make significant improvements in my life. With the cash support received, I have been able to acquire three goats, invest in food supplies, and plan for the construction of a new house, a project I hope to see completed soon. The autonomy to decide how to use the money is something I appreciate, as it puts me in control of my financial decisions. I am sincerely grateful to GiveDirectly for the positive impact it has had on my life, and I hope others in new locations yet to be visited will experience the same transformative support.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Receiving the second transfer, I prioritized investing a significant portion in construction materials for a new house. Currently residing in a mud-walled cubicle house vulnerable to termite damage, I plan to build a sturdier one with metallic poles and iron sheets, resistant to infestations. So far, I have spent $212 on iron sheets, roofing frames, and nails. The remaining funds are saved for upcoming labor charges and additional household goods during the construction. Despite the extended construction plans, the support from GiveDirectly brings peace of mind, especially knowing I have ample foodstuff purchased with the first patch. I am grateful for this assistance, making long-term improvements possible.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
18010 KES ($124 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
However, I tried to read the message myself that I received from GiveDirectly around 2 pm, but I could not quite comprehend it. So, I had to patiently wait for my helper to return home from his daily chores. When my helper finally arrived and read and confirmed the message, a wave of excitement washed over me. I couldn't wait to access the funds, so I eagerly made plans to withdraw the money from the nearby shopping center the following day. It was a moment of great joy and hope for a brighter future.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I am truly grateful that I was able to make significant changes in my life with the first transfer from GiveDirectly. However, the most profound transformation has been the replacement of my old, worn-out sleeping arrangements with a comfortable bed and mattress. This upgrade has had an immense impact on my daily life, particularly in terms of my sleep quality.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received the first transfer from GiveDirectly, I carefully considered how to allocate the funds to improve my life. I decided to invest in the future by purchasing three goats at $28 each, with the intention of breeding them and selling their offspring to cover any financial obligations for my family down the line. Additionally, I spent $40 on a 50-kg bag of maize and a carton of milk, which have been sustaining me for over two weeks now since I live alone. The most significant improvement, though, was replacing my old, tattered sleeping arrangements with a comfortable bed and mattress. It has made a world of difference in my sleep quality. As for the remaining $10, I wisely saved it, and it has proven useful in replenishing essential household consumables. This support from GiveDirectly has brought both short-term relief and long-term prospects for a better life.
access_time 1 year ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I have good plans for this transfers and I believe that it will improve my life. I plan to repaire my old house. This will ensure that I'm not rained on. I plan to use about 200 dollars of the transfers to do this. I also plan to buy some goats which I will add to my current herd. Since I'm old I feel that it will be a great investment so that I can sell them whenever I don't have money or food. I plan to use about 400 dollars of the transfers to accomplish this. Food is also a challenge for me and I therefore plan to purchase a bag of maize and some beans at about 100 dollars of the transfers. For the remaining amount I will save for domestic use and in case of any emergency that will require money.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiness in the past six months has come from the rains we received two months ago. We have stayed for many years without rain and with the recent rains I was very delighted.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Because of my old age I'm faced with several challenges ranging from my health and inability to work. Because of this I find it difficult to fend for myself and do work such as looking after my goats. This is a task that has been left to my neighbours who ensure that my livestock come home every evening. In addition to this, I'm living in a grass thatched house which is in a bad state. During the heavy rains we received in the month of April I had a difficult time since I got rained on. This makes my life very difficult since I have to worry about attacks from wild animals such as snakes.