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53150 KES ($510 USD)
access_time 22 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Having the pair of oxen and the dairy cow has made my life to be different. This is what I have been longing to own for a long period of time but I could not afford to purchase them due to the financial difficulties. I am so hopeful and happier because, with the oxen, they will be of great help in my agricultural activities and I will be saving the money that I used to hire people to help in preparing my farm. To add to that, I will also be hiring the oxen to my neighbors at a fee and generate an income. Also, with the dairy cow, I will be getting milk for free whereby they will be for my family consumption and also for commercial purposes. I will save the money that I will earn from the sale of milk and start another project. In the next few months, I will no longer struggle in meeting my family's daily needs.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did everything so well and I am so happy about that. One the enrolment was free and fair, no one asked me to pay anything to be registered. Also, the fact that the money was unconditional I was given the opportunity to choose what I wanted to buy. I also planned on what I have been longing to have without anyone's permission since the money was mine.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of my second transfer on buying a dairy cow at KES 13000. This is what I have been admiring for years to keep in my homestead but then I could not afford it because they were too costly. I also bought some building materials such as building poles at KES 9600. This was for the completion of the house that I had started constructing using the first transfers, I then bought an ox plough at KES 10000. This was specifically for the pair of oxen that I had initially bought. I will now no longer need to borrow from friends as I used to do The remaining amount of money, I bought some sufficient foodstuffs for my family and some other basic household needs.
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The fact that I now own a pair of oxen, I feel it has made my life to be totally different. As a farmer, I have been yearning to own them but due to the financial difficulties, I could not afford it. I am now hopeful and happier because I will benefit a lot from the cows. I am now certain the level of food production shall increase because the cows can plough many acres in a few days compared to when I was using my own hands. Another benefit is that I will be getting manure from the cow dung and this will make my farm to be very productive. Lastly, I will hire the cows to friends at a fee, and this will be my additional income. I will no longer struggle in paying school fees for my children as I used to do.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I remember vividly it was around 6 am when I was heading to the farm as usual. Then my phone started vibrating. I was very happy beyond measures when I realized it was a mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I decided to go back home and started planning my projects.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying a pair of oxen. This has been my longtime dream but because they were expensive I couldn't afford it. I then bought some building materials such as some pieces of iron sheets, nails, and some threads purposely for the renovation of my house which was not in good condition. I then took a portion of the money and paid the mason as his labor fee. I later bought enough foodstuffs for my children that would take us to the next harvesting season.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My house is small and leaking, something that rarely gives me a nice sleep when it is raining and I feel shameful to host nonhousehold members. Many times, I have always canceled my visitors' appointments due to the insufficient space of my house. Receiving this money means a better home to me since my plan is to spend a maximum of $250 on house construction and this will restore my long lost happiness. On the other hand, I plan to buy an ox and ox plow to help in upscaling my farming in order to have food security for my family. This will change my life for the better, a livelihood that I have long wished.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Waking up in the morning gives me a feeling of happiness since I get rejuvenated and take my farm work with a lot of energy. Unlike in the afternoon and evening hours when I feel so much exhausted due to the tedious work for the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Our economic activity is subsistence farming but this activity is no longer reliable to us due to the fact that traditional methods of farming are no longer effective. Hiring an oxen means paying a fee of ksh2000 per acre and this has never been the case to me due to financial challenges. I am forced to use the old methods and consequently, my harvests are always. Therefore, food insecurity is the biggest hardship that I have ever faced.