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53150 KES ($524 USD)
access_time 13 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different in that I was able to pay school fees for my child who was in college by the time I received these transfers. He was at the verge of dropping out of school due to school fee challenge but GiveDirectly came in handy to help us with the whole situation. He has since been able to complete her college education and we are looking forward to him being employed and bringing change to our family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly did so well in giving out money unconditionally to every deserving household within my village. There was no any form of biasness in how they distributed the money and we felt so happy for the timely support.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent KES 13000 of my second transfer to help complete a house that I had already started. We were living in a very small house with my family which was getting a little more uncomfortable for all of us considering that our children were fast growing and needed to have their own space. I had not been able to build one all that long due to financial difficulties. When I received this transfer I saw it fit to complete the already started house. I also used KES 25000 of the second transfer to buy a cow for the family. I did this with an aim of providing enough milk for the family in future and a balanced diet as well. When the cow reproduces, the additional livestock can be sold to meet financial emergencies. I look forward to having more cows that will help me meet financial emergencies.
55000 KES ($538 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Before GiveDirectly came for enrollment, I could not get enough yields due to the fact that I did not have money to purchase fertilizers to boost the quality of the soil on my farm. Rather, I could only afford to use domestic inputs which their potency took longer to be felt. Having used the right requirements in preparing my farm, I am optimistic that my yields will be higher this year that will last us till the next harvest. Seeing my crops doing well on the farm so far is the biggest difference in my daily life since it is an assurance of good harvest.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 2 o'clock in the morning when I received two message notifications on my phone. Since I was awake at that time, I decided to check who the sender was, to establish the urgency of the messages which had got in at an expected hour. On realization that I had received money from GiveDirectly, my heart was filled with happiness and I started ululating accompanied with songs of praises. This money gave me hope of giving my children a quality education I really desire for them.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I was frustrated because I did not know what to do when my children were sent out of school because I had not paid even a single cent on this term. To make the situation worse, I did not have money to even spare and pay part of it hence they had to take a week at home while school was in session. Therefore, when I received my first transfer, I directed most of it to settle most of my children's school arrears. I am glad that they are in school as their peers. I used the remaining amount to buy farm inputs which majorly includes bean, maize seeds, fertilizers and hiring a tractor to assist in tilling my farm in preparation for planting.
access_time 10 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am planning to revive my shop business which collapsed few years ago.It will be a retail shop as well as a groceries shop.I want to tap the business opportunity since we do not have a well stocked shop in this village.
What is the happiest part of your day?
As a casual labourer I wake up everyday to look for work to do.I mainly weed people's farms so that I can get money.It is in the evening that I feel happy since it is usually time to relax with my family after a hard day's work.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Life was going on smoothly until my husband's contract was terminated.He used to work in the Kenyan military.He came back home and became very desperate since he was stressed and had nothing to do.Being the first wife I had to step up and support the family.Its been 16 years now since my husband left the military and meeting the basic needs and school fees has been hard.I had a small shop which ran out of stock due to lack of money.