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Dama's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($518 USD)
access_time almost 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I could not enjoy peace in my home since since I couldn't access to a good shelter. But am now in perfect peace having constructed a new decent and iron roofed house. My children are also in school and have never been sent home since receiving this money. I was able to clear for their school fees on time, thus their studies are no longer interrupted.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well in helping us to improve our lives. We have been able to build new houses that we couldn't afford on our own cost, also educating our children and owning livestock. I do not see anything that GiveDirectly does not do well in my opinion.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of the transfer to buy some building materials that include iron sheets, building poles and paid for the labour cost. I was building a new house because the one I was previously living in was in a very bad condition, it was grass thatched and leaking during rains. After building the house, I also purchased foodstuffs for my family as well as paying for my household expenses.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($550 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference that the money has brought into my daily life is previously I could not buy any cow at my own cost. It was only through the GiveDirectly money that I was able to obtain them and keep them in my compound.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was very happy and peaceful the moment I checked my messages in my phone and came across the notification from GiveDirectly that I had received my first transfer from them. I was thankful to them for getting such a large amount of money that you have not really worked for is rare in the very country and world we are living in.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
On receiving my first transfer, I spent part of it to buy two cows considering that having them as part of the things I possess and saving for the future. To me, these cows will reproduce and increase in their number so as to have many of them. I will be getting milk from them as well as selling to the nearest dairy shops to get an income. My family will also be getting a continuous supply of milk for their consumption and I will no longer is be buying from my fellow livestock keepers which was costly to me. I also bought some iron sheets to prepare as I source for, more financial support to build a new house and acquire enough materials to help me set up for the old house I am living in is not very much stable and in a bad state. In addition to buying all these, I paid school fees for my child to continue with his learning comfortable and without any hindrances. The rest of the transfer went to shopping for I bought enough food for my family and for the whole of this period since I got the money, food has not been a problem to me and to my family.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to raise my income. I have wished all my life to have a vegetable vending shop. This will guarantee me a reliable source of income to cater for food, clothing and other basic needs of my family. I also plan to use part of the transfers to purchase two oxen that will help me plough my farm in good time and get more harvests.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up and see my family members in good health and with renewed energy to work unlike in the evening when I feel very exhausted because of the tiresome day's activities.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is lack of stable source of income that can sustain my family. I only depend on subsistence farming and some income from my daughter who is doing casual job in Mombasa. These sources are not reliable and sometimes I fail to meet some of my family's basic needs among them: paying school fees for my children.