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53150 KES ($526 USD)
access_time 26 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from how it was before I received the transfer in that, I now have a sense of hope in life. I feel I can plan something and achieve it. Now that I decided to invest in farming. I am now sure of getting good yields which will sustain my family for a long period of time. I also have a dairy cow which I did not own before. This will improve our health when we drinking enough milk and I will be in a position of selling some so as to get income.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly changed the living standard of many people in our village by giving us unconditional cash transfers. Most people who received this help were able to develop their selves and improve their standards of living. I like this type of help where I am given the chance to choose how I want to change my life. I do not think there is anything that GiveDirectly is not doing right.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of my transfer to finish constructing my house which I had started building using the first transfer. My house looks decent now because I managed to even fix tiles on the floor. Part of the money was spent on buying a dairy cow since when it gives birth I will spare some for my family and sell some so as to get income. I did not own any of these before but I am glad that I now have my own. I finally invested the remaining amount in farming. I hired workers and bought farm inputs that I believe will earn me a lot of profit from the yields eventually after the harvest. I am glad that I did not take part in rotational ploughing with my group members which I was doing before I got this yield therefore, I will not divide my harvest this time round but have the whole harvest by myself
55000 KES ($536 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Biggest difference that the money has brought in my life is that I have been able to make tremendous adjustments and improvements on y house that I was never able to achieve in the past due to the heavy financial burden I have right now. Paying school fees for my children normally consumes more than thirty percent of my money, which leaves me with less amount of money to spend on other financial needs.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt so happy when I received the cash. It was early in the morning when I had just woken up. I heard a message notification tone from my phone and at first I thought it was a message from safari com who were sending me a reminder of the debt I had, having borrowed some credit a week before. Upon looking at the phone I saw the M-Pesa notification from Give-Directly and I was so jubilated.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used the cash to purchase one truck of sand that I expect to use in making transformations in my new house. I also bough other building materials such as cement which will also help in the process. I have this new house that I built recently but the school fees burden I have could not allow me to make the transformations in my house.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money makes me so happy. I will use it to repair my house. I currently stay in a mud house. I want to cement it so that it looks nice.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I am resting with my family having dinner.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is lack of a steady income. I do casual jobs that do not pay much yet my children are all in school and paying their school fees has become difficult .