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53150 KES ($499 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different from how it was in that, I have achieved most of my goals; like building a house and having a poultry project, which would have been apipe dream were it no for GiveDirectly
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, I love the fact that I have consistently progressed thanks to the transfer we got. Nothing went wrong.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of my second transfer on purchasing a dairy cow for I was longing to be milking my own . Luckily enough I have started enjoying the produce from the first cow which I bought using the first transfer. Moreover, I did manage to restock my poultry farm by adding more hens to enhance more egg production and also bought some household items. Last but not least I injected the remaining amount on finishing the construction of my house that I am currently living in.
55000 KES ($548 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now live a happier life than before. First, I know that very soon, my daily expenditure will be reduced. The heifer I recently bought using my transfers will be calving soon and I will have enough milk for our consumption and for sales to earn an income. Also, I am happier since my children will soon get quality time to do their assignments and revisions without any disturbances. With this, I am optimistic that their performance in school will improve.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was a few minutes to 7 am as I was making breakfast for my family when I received a message alert on my phone. My heart was filled with happiness upon reading its contents. I knew that I would finally fulfill my life goals of owning a dairy cow and building a house for my children.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
When I received my first transfer, I spent part of it to build a two-room house for my children. I bought some iron sheets, nails, timber and paid the full cost for constructing this house. They will be using one of the rooms as their study room and sleep in the other room. I settled on this since they always encountered a lot of disturbances when doing their revision and homework in the kitchen. Also, they used to study for a short time since they had to go to their grandmother's house to sleep before she goes to bed. I used the remaining amount to buy a heifer. I believe that it will be calving very soon and I will be able to save the money I would otherwise use in buying milk.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My long time ambition has been to build a better house for my family. Being a small subsistence farmer, my 0.5 acre maize farm can only produce food for family consumption with no surplus to earn me income. When I receive this money, I am going to build a two roomed house to give my husband and I comfort and dignity. We will leave the current house for our children to sleep in.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I love working in my maize farm because this is where I get my daily bread from. This is a weeding season and I spend most of my morning hours till noon working in the farm, which makes me happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Dairy cattle is the main source of income in this community. When drought strikes every year, it results in scarcity of pasture and water for our animals. Consequently, milk production adversely declines and education and food security is jeopardized. We are at rimes forced to sell these cattle to buy food for our family. This is the biggest hardship I've faced in my life.