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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?
My life is currently different because I managed to build a new spacious and iron roofed house which I moved in and currently living with my children. Were it not the money, I would still be in that small grass thatched hut. I addition, I also bought a pair of oxen that is helping me in doing my farming timely. I will no longer be hiring from neighbours like I used to do. I am assured of ploughing my whole acreage early for better harvests.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well in the whole process of enrolling us without any discrimination. I do not see anything that GiveDirectly has not done well. Everything was done to the expectation of every individual.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
The house I was living in before I was enrolled was grass thatched and not spacious to accommodate my children. When I received my second transfer, I spent part of it on buying pieces of iron sheets and building poles in order to construct a new spacious house. I also paid for the labour cost incurred in building this house. I spent the remaining amount to buy food and bought clothing for my children.
55000 KES ($544 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the happiness and the piece I have knowing that I have the capacity to cultivate a large area of the farm which will enable to get enough harvest to cater for my family for the whole year. This is because I bought oxen and ox-plow which I'll be using to cultivate the farm unlike previously when I could do all the farm work manually on my own.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was still sleeping when I was awoken by vibration from my phone at around 5 in the morning and I knew it was a message alert. Since I'm not able to read, I woke up my son and gave him the phone to read the message. From the smiles on his face, I could tell that it was good news and true to my thoughts he informed that I had received money from GiveDirectly. It was such an amazing moment. I was so happy and thanked God for the blessing.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
For so many years I have been facing challenges in tilling my farm, and I was forced to till only a small portion which resulted to the low farm produce which couldn't lust the family for a longer period of time. This is because I couldn't afford to hire people to work on the farm because I didn't have a reliable source of income. The moment when I received the first transfer I bought two oxen and ox-plow which I'll be using to plow the farm. I'm glad I'll be able to cultivate the two-acre farm I have thus hoping for improved produce which will lust us for the whole year. In addition to that, I also bought building materials which I'm planning to use to construct a new house because the current house is leaking and in most cases when it rains most of the households are destroyed by the rain.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to improve my livelihood. I intend to construct a better house for myself because the one I currently live in is not spacious enough to accommodate my kitchen, granary and poultry.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when I return home from my farm and have a meal with my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life was losing my husband whom I relied on for provision of family's basic needs. I currently depend on farming which is not reliable because of the unpredictable seasons.Sometimes I am forced to seek casual jobs from my neighbors to get income in order to sustain my family especially paying school fees.