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55000 KES ($499 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
My daughter who's a business lady came home at around 1pm while taking lunch. She informed me that GiveDirectly had sent me my transfers as promised and she had even withdrawn because she had my phone with her. On hearing the good news and seeing the GiveDirectly transfers I was overwhelmed with joy and thanked God for GiveDirectly because I had never received such a lump sum before.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is happiness because I have adequate food.As an old woman, I normally on my kids for food and clothing. This time around GiveDirectly transfers has made it possible for me to buy food in bulk hence relieved my kids of my food purchasing costs. I am also happy because my house has become more beautiful and neat than before through the GiveDirectly transfers.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent most of my transfer on improving my house roof top because the Ironsheets had become old. I also spent KES 12, 000 on three maize sacks because the maize crop hasn't been doing well in our place and we have suffered for a long time now. The rest was spent on payment of my church tithes.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have been aspiring to own a dairy cow. We had used a lot of resource to finance treatment for my late husband. It will cost me around 30,000shillings to purchase esher cow which is the best breed in our area.On the other hand am planning to fence my compound using a Channing wire which will cost me approximately 40,000 shillings. The remaining amount will cater for my food stuffs since am getting old and unable to work on my two acre farm.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Since am a house wife and getting old I always wake up as early as 6am to prepare breakfast and set a side time to work around my compound clearing bushes and checking on my vegetables at my farm.Doing this gives me joy that I can still make my compound clean.Therefore I consider morning hours as my happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship we have faced was financing treatment for my ailing husband. The hospital bill was getting huge every now then till we could not afford any more. The saddest thing we lost him after trying all we could.