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53150 KES ($524 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I majorly depend on subsistence farming which has not been doing well enough to cater for both household daily needs and any other goal in the family. I have children in various schools and my biggest ambition is to see them prosper in their education to allow them to have a better life in the future. Raising their school fees is challenging for me due to the limited resources in our family. Currently keeping heifers with an aim that once they reproduce, I will have milk for both household consumption and sales gives me a the biggest difference in my daily life. I will have offsprings which to me I can always depend on in case of any financial crisis more so to raise my children's education fee and any other household necessity arising. To me having these two heifers in my compound is the biggest difference in my daily life. It gives hope that I can always provide for my family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well in uplifting our lives which were miserable before enrollment. We have been able to provide for our families effectively, purchasing livestock as assets and most importantly, building better iron-roofed houses thus enjoying good shelter. I do not see anything that GiveDirectly does not do well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used a larger part of my second transfer to buy a piece of land. I made this decision as a farmer knowing that this a resource that I will always maximize to earn better. I used KES 10000 on my households daily basic needs.
55000 KES ($530 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I am growing old getting less energetic to actively take part in income-generating activities and I still have basic needs to take care of in my family hence I need to always spend money to meet them. I had always spent much on my daily household expenditures due to scare of resource on my farm and I had to struggle extra hard to meet them. The biggest difference in my daily life is the cow I bought using part of my first transfer since I also have an asset that I take pride in. I am so happy I have reduced my casual jobs since I have milk for my household consumption, some liters to sell to meet other basic needs and calves to come that will always be my financial security in future. I am happy that my current and future life has been taken care of by my cow and am looking forward to improving it to increase in milk production.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was awoken by an incoming message notification on my phone. I woke up to check and I was shocked when I saw I had received money from GD. I did believe it and I woke up my grandchild to help confirm it was true and she told it was true I had received money. I felt so happy and thankful that I had received blessings.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have two children in college and secondary school that really requires much of my attention hence I have to struggle to see that I meet their financial needs. I priorities their school fees leaving me with little for other income-generating investment in my family. I had sold cows I had to raise their fee forcing me to always incur expense to get milk for my household consumption. When I received the first transfer I used KES25000 to buy a dairy cow. I bought it since this my security and I will have milk for both household consumption and sales to help meet other needs. I had a goal to build a more decent house thus I had bought some of the building materials to accomplish my goal but due to overwhelming needs, I had not been able to construct one. I used KES5000 of my first transfer to build a more decent house and I am happy that I currently have a better house to call home. With my age, I am planning to reduce the number of casual jobs I do hence I saved the remaining amount of my first transfer to spend on my household daily basic needs and other financial emergency arising in my family.
access_time 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Two years ago, a grocery business I had run for over five years collapsed due to financial constraints. Proceeds I accrued from this venture could not sustain the incessant skyrocketing needs in my household, leading it to collapse. Receiving this money means a restoration of my glory days. I am planning to spend my first transfer to revive my grocery business. This is the business I anticipate to take my son through school and pay other bills in the household. I am going to use the remaining amount to add a dairy cow into my herd.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning. Waking up sane and with good health gives me a good energy to plan my day. After breakfast, my day involves cultivating my maize farm and looking for feeds for my livestock.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
About twenty years ago during a rapid spread of malaria, I self medicated and ended up taking an overdose of quinine. I was knocked unconscious and fell into the fire in my hut. My right hand sustained serious burns leading to amputation of my four fingers leaving me with the thumb. This ordeal condemned me to more than a decade of monthly check ups and costly medication. Moreover, it hampered my efforts to undertake any meaningful activity in my farm and it was only until last year that I started working, according to the doctor's approval. My limb has damned me to poverty for such a long time and I feel this is the biggest hardship I've faced in my life.