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Emily
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
54
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($466 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Building a new a granary is the new goal that I did not have before receiving the transfer. When I received the money I decide to build one. This is where I will be storing my farm produce and farm tools. I no longer stress up whenever I harvest maize from my farm.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The training process was conducted well and the registration was done without any discrimination. All the people who were registered received the transfer. People where able to build better houses and pay school fees for their children. I do not find anything that GiveDirectly did not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 20,000 on purchasing building materials and build a granary. This is where I will be storing my farm produce and farm tool. During the harvest time it was stressful because I did not had a granary. I used to store my produce in the house and this was inconveniencing because my house is small. I am so grateful now in that I have a place for storing my goods. I used some amount to plough my farm. I bought seeds and fertilizers and I was able to plant at the right season. I hope to get pamper harvest. Before I used to plant my maize late because I did not had the money to buy seeds on time. Part of the money I spent on household items,food and clothes. I am so grateful because GiveDirectly has changed our living standards.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($488 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was home alone when I heard celebrations from my neighbors. Upon inquiring what was going on, I dashed back to the house and checked my phone. When I checked I saw a notification message on my phone bearing the good news that I had been anticipating for the past weeks. I was excited and I was thankful to my God for making this come through at at time I needed most.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the achievement of acquiring a heifer that is additional to my livestock. This will in the future provide me surplus milk and can sell to earn an extra income and enables me to meet my daily expenses on household stuff.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Even though I had other cows that provided milk the thought of adding one heifer would be helpful in the future.With Kshs.28,000, I bought a heifer that will calf in a few months hence this means additional milk, especially during dry seasons. I also used Kshs.5,000 to till my one acre of land in preparation for planting season. I spent the remaining amount in buying clothes and foodstuff for my household members.
 
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access_time 1 year ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money mean alot to me. I am a subsistence farming who do maize farming as a source of income. Sometimes, God blessed me with good harvest but I have been lucking where to storage house. Currently I am storing in the house but it gets destroyed because of luck of enough air circulation that makes them dry well. God willing I received this transfers I will use 20,000 KES to complete the maize storage house I have started building. The rest of the transfer I will used in purchasing family basic needs and a dairy cow worth 20,000 KES.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the evening when I am resting after a tiresome activities. Everyday I travel around 2 kilometres to the near by river to fetching water for both domestic and animal use. Carrying a 20 litres jerry can is not a easy task once get very exhausted.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Familial constraints sonce I am alone every depwnds on me. I do causaal jobs. Geting this work is difficult because of prolong drough in our area The biggest hardship I have faced is financial constraints. I depend mainly on subsistence farming as a source of income. Due to prolong drought I have not been getting good harvest like before. I opted to enhance this with doing casual jobs so as to meet my family basic needs. Since everyone in my area experience this bad weather condition getting casual jobs is being difficult.