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Esther
landscapeCountry:
kenya
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36
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Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 5 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different since I was thinking about how I will educate my child who is in secondary school and the one who is about to join school. Also, I purchased oxen and ox-plow with my first transfer that assist me in preparation for my farm since I was hiring from my neighbor which is very costly.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly is doing well in numerous ways by assisting the extremely poor households in my community. I was able to pay fees and set aside some cash for my second child. I don't see anything that is doing well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent my transfer to educate my child who is in form 2 by clearing his term 1 fees and paying part of his term 2 fees. I save $250 the remaining amount to assist me in paying the school fees and do some shopping for my second child who is about to join secondary school in July. The remaining amount assisted me to buy enough food supply for my family .
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($502 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I saw an Mpesa message on my phone during the day. I was curious to know who could have sent me the money. When I checked the contents,I was greatly overjoyed since GiveDirectly had sent my first transfer. I was excited because I was able to accomplish the things that seemed impossible to me.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is that I now own goats through the transfer. I had none in my compound since I could not afford them. I am keeping them as assets which I can readily rely on in case of a financial need. As they reproduce and increase in number, I will sell the offsprings to raise fees for my children's education.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Its been my desire to own some livestock since they are the only assets I can have. When I received the transfer, I purchased some goats. I am expecting them to reproduce and have many of them.To me these are assets that I can readily rely on in case of a financial need. In addition to this, I bought an ox plough at KES 8000. It will help me in ploughing my farm using my pair of oxen. I also spent a portion of the transfer on paying for my children's school fees. I am spending the remaining amount to buy foodstuffs and paying for other household needs.
 
Enrolled
access_time 7 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means better living to me. I'm planning to use 100 dollars to buy three indigenous goats for rearing. I'll use 300 dollars to repair my house which is in bad condition. I will also use 100 dollars to purchase food for domestic consumption because recently the changing weather patterns have led to food shortage.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is during the evening. This is the time I take a rest after the day's struggle to put a meal on the table for my children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have been facing in my life is lack of a reliable source of income to take care of my family. I have been unable to consistently provide my family with food. Moreover, the lack of money has made me unable to cater for my children school fees.