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55000 KES ($499 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my transfer, I was at the farm tending to my crops when I heard my phone ringing and vibrating loudly, Upon checking I saw a Mpesa notification message showing that I had received money from GiveDirectly, I was overwhelmed with joy and happiness, I knew that I will be able to buy a dairy cow that would relieve us from the daily expenses incurred in purchasing milk, I then called my husband to inform him of the wonderful news that came our way, words cannot express how happy he was, I am grateful to have received the support from GiveDirectly.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now own a dairy cow, My children would be getting milk for daily consumption hence I will be able to save the cost of milk, at the same time I started a goat rearing project so that in future I will be able to earn and I income out of it. Lastly, I bought foodstuffs with the remaining amount of the transfer. We are happy and grateful that the transfer has changed our living standards.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a consistent farmer, I am blessed with three children, the biggest need that I had was to own a dairy cow, I have young children who depend on milk, unfortunately, I only had a bull but not a dairy cow, when I received my transfer I used KES 35,000 in purchasing a dairy cow, I then bought goats worth KES 10,000. Lastly, I bought foodstuffs with the remaining part of the transfer, I am relieved because we had been buying in small quantities all along from the nearby market. am happy for the support that has lifted my life greatly.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
From the time I got married ,I have always wanted to own a dairy cow and three dairy goats .These will provide me with enough for sale and consumption.when I sell milk I shall be able to save some money and buy a piece of land for my family because the one I have now is abit small.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Sunday morning is the happiest part of my day because I get to interact a lot with other worshippers and I also enjoy the singing a lot.Recently covid 19 has affected the worship but we do it at family level and this also makes me happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
There was approximately four days in January this year when my family drank strong tea because I lacked money to buy them milk .This actually has made me struggle a lot to buy my own dairy cow or goat.