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Mary's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53075 KES ($524 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that I now have a cow that I rear that which I will not have bought. I also paid school fees for my child and am now less worried.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give directly did so well in teaching us and giving us the transfer for us to use in our day to day needs. Everything was well planned.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used the transfer that I received to buy furniture for my home and bought food for my family. I am planning to buy a cow with the remaining amount.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now have a cow which I did not have before.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was so happy the moment I received money from GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to buy a cow worth 30000 KES, paid 6000 KES as school fees for my children, spent some amount in farming and used the remaining amount to buy school uniforms, shoes, home clothes and food for my children.
access_time almost 6 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
This is great news to hear at this trying times and I promise accountability for this upcoming cash transfer. Long live GD.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when together with my family, have something to take for supper. The joy portrayed on the faces of my kids makes me feel alive.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband passed away long time ago leaving me with five kids to cater for yet I was jobless. This led to two of them dropping out of school due to my inability to pay for their school fees and now it pains me to see them struggling in life as we speak. Moreover, some of the younger ones never saw their father and they keep on asking me about him and I still have no definite answer to give them which clearly shows they are missing their fatherly love. For me this is the biggest hardship I have ever experienced in my life.