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Tabu
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
34
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Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is very different from how it would have been because through the transfers, I was able to purchase livestock such as a dairy cow. Currently, it has already started producing milk and my children are really enjoying the white tea. Also very soon I am planning to sell the remaining litres to my friends and get an income. In addition to this, I was able to construct a new house for my children. Back in the days, they have been sleeping at their friend's houses, away from the village becasue the family house was not spacious. This has been frustrating me for a long becasue in my village heir are some wild animals like elephants and they have been harming few individuals. The money brought a big relief into our lives becasue they no longer have to move from one end to the other seeking shelter and we no longer have to worry about the wild animals.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does well in my region and even in the other villages. First being among the beneficiaries, I was allowed to choose how I would wish to spend the money. I believe the organization considered the fact that every household has different needs. Also, I do not see any sector GD failed
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my second transfer on buying some building materials such as poles, pieces of iron sheets, timber, thread and nails. This was for the construction of a new one for my children becasue the previous one was small some of my family members had to seek shelter from their friends, in addition, its condition was not pleasing at all. Also, I paid the mason his labour change for the job well done. Later on, I paid school fees for my children and they are now studying peacefully without being sent home as they used to do. With the remaining amount, I bought enough foodstuff for my family
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($501 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was taking my breakfast when I heard my phone ringing, a notification of a message. When I checked the contents, it was an Mpesa message informing I had received my first transfer from GiveDirectly. I felt happy since I could now afford to buy the things that I desired to own.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Owning the two cows makes the biggest difference in my daily life. I already had some which have been providing milk to sell. I have been selling the milk which enabled me to take care of my family's basic needs like food. Adding the two cows means they will be producing more milk thus more income. Besides being a source of income, they are assets which upon reproducing, I can readily sell and raise money to cater for my financial needs like school fees for my children who are still young.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying two cows at KES 40000 which I am currently rearing in my homestead. I already had some in my homestead and I added to my cowshed. I am getting an income by selling the milk that these cows are producing. I am also getting some for my family's consumption besides being assets to me. I also have six of my children who are in school and they had fee arrears. I paid for their school fees and also bought some new school uniforms for them. I spent the remaining amount to buy foodstuffs and other basic needs for my family.
 
Enrolled
access_time 8 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means food security for my family. I'm planning to increase the size of my farming land and at the same time use 280 dollars to buy one pair of ox-plough so that I can till a large piece of land thus improved productivity. This will guarantee my family a consistent supply of food. I'm also planning to use 300 dollars to construct a two bedroom house for my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning especially waking up seeing my kids healthy at the same time thanking God for giving me and my family another day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life is food insecurity. I have been unable to sustain my family with enough food.