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53150 KES ($523 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I could not have afforded to buy a cow for milk production t meet my family's needs. I greatly desired to buy one but was possible because I don't have an income other than subsistence farming that only serves to barely feed us. However, the amount of money that came as lumpsum like this led me to get a cow. We had been for a long time, struggling to feed the household. I was living in hand to mouth basis. Currently, I have become better and got more resources that I can use to pay school fees through selling livestock and milk from the cattle that I now rear.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly changes communities to the best possible situation. Many people were able to address the most pressing needs as they please. On the other hand, I haven't seen anything that GiveDirectly would do any better. Keep up the good job. We are very grateful.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on a heifer. I bought this because I needed to produce milk for sale. I will generate an income while using some of it for household consumption. This will improve the health of my children and stop expenses that I incur in buying the product for daily use. I then bought some clothes and food for the household.
55000 KES ($535 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
During festive seasons businesses normally do well and it is not different in the business that my wife operates. She has lately made a lot of profits from mending clothes and even repairs and this has largely contributed to my savings because she has been taking care of our daily needs. I can easily save the little amount that I get from the daily hustles and this is so far the biggest difference that I have experienced.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I woke up in the morning and as usual, I decided to check my phone and to my surprise, there was a message of which at first I thought it was the Safaricom promotional texts and was almost ignoring it but on reading it, I found out that it was a transaction message from GiveDirectly confirming that a huge amount of money had been sent to me. I couldn't blink as I have never received such a big amount of money in my entire life. I thought I was dreaming but my wife confirmed that the message was really true by checking M-Pesa balance. My happiness knew no bounds as we started celebrating by singing and jumping all around the compound, for God had blessed us through GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
Buying milk has been a routine for me which has been expensive but I had no otherwise and so when I received my transfer I spared some amount which I used in buying a dairy cow for milk production. I am glad that I will no longer buy milk hence will be using the money to take care of other needs and I am also sure that my children's health will improve too. Owning a small parcel of land limits my agricultural practice since I have to maximize and prefer vegetables and for this reason, I used part of my transfer to purchase five bags of maize for the family's consumption which will last us for some period of time and also quite cheaper. Thinking of ways to sustain our income drove me to boost my wife's business as a tailor by purchasing more materials thus increasing her clientele since she can make more clothes and do more repairs which will translate to more income that we can use to cater for our needs.
access_time almost 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money is going to greatly transform our lives.We are going to use the transfers to expand my wife's tailoring business and also buy cattle.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening this is when we have reunited as family and we are taking dinner.It is usually fun sharing the daily encounters.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is getting involved in a fire accident when I was only 5.This led to part of my hand getting burnt,I am not as productive as I should be therefore the family burden is all on my wife.My inability to bring anything on the table really brings sadness to me I feel like a 'lesser' father to my kids.