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Helena's family
Raising livestock
Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53010 KES ($390 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My key goal for the following year and beyond is to expand my farming operations. I desire to focus my efforts on cultivating maize, which will not only provide food for my family but will also yield a surplus that I can sell to make extra income. I plan to start building a new house for my young son with the extra money. This new house will give him a more comfortable living area as well as greater privacy. I recognize that accomplishing this goal will need a great deal of hard work, but I am prepared to put in the effort to guarantee that my family's needs are met.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly, in my opinion, succeeds at providing significant support to individuals in need while leaving them with the freedom to make their own decisions. Their approach is fair, truthful, and empowering, instilling trust and confidence in the support that they provide. GiveDirectly acknowledges and respects the unique needs and circumstances of each individual by allowing them to determine how to best use the money they receive. This strategy not only gives practical advantages, but it also aids in the restoration of dignity and self-esteem, both of which are critical in encouraging long-term sustainability and progress. Overall, GiveDirectly's method to distributing help promotes freedom and self-determination while offering genuine advantages to people in need.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received the second transfer from GiveDirectly, I was delighted and grateful for the opportunity it provided. I had a lot of ideas about how to best use the funds and couldn't wait to get started after collecting the entire amount. I spent $280 on barbed wire, fencing posts, and nails to build a fence around my land. I also paid the $60 labor fee to complete the fencing. This would help keep animals away from my crops and assure a nice yield. I then spent $50 on a goat to add to the other goats I was rearing. I intended to breed them and sell their progeny in the future as an extra source of income for my family. Following these investments, I spent $150 on a comfortable bed and bedding, which provided a good night's sleep and improved our overall health. It was terrible that my child became unwell while I was also ill, and I was forced to spend $40 on medication for both of us. Thankfully we were able to recover swiftly. Finally, I spent the remaining funds on food for my family of four. It was such a comfort to know that we could afford to have enough food without going hungry again.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($443 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt so happy the moment I received money from GiveDirectly. I was with my son who informed me that the message in my phone was a confirmation of me receiving the money. Before I read the message I had seen most of the people within my village run around, a clear indication that there was something unusual happening within the village. The money came at.a time that we did not have even food to eat and no money to buy the same. It was such a relief to me as a parent knowing that I was going to get food for the family among other needs that we were going to fulfill.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the peace of mind that I have had upon accomplishment of some of the things I had set out to accomplish. There are things that I had always wanted to accomplish such as maintaining my house through painting and clearing of medical bill. All these were settled by GiveDirectly and it gave me peace of mind. I am and will forever remain indebted to GiveDirectly for enabling me accomplish some things that would have taken me longer to accomplish.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used $150 to buy paints and to paint my house. Another $100 was used to clear a medical bill for one of our family members who needed some medical attention. We then used the remaining amount of almost $300 to buy food , clothes among other needs for my family. My house was getting old and needed some maintenance to bring out a good look but we could not have enough money to do that before. We normally rely on farming to make ends meet which has been dealt a blow by the prevailing weather conditions.
access_time over 1 year ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
I have a daughter who has been sick for the last 18 years. I have not sought proper medication for lack of finances. I am a widow solely depending on subsistent farming to earn a living. Every month I get $90 from the sale of milk and this money goes to buying food. This leaves me with no money to spend on medication. I intend to use $200 to seek specialized treatment for my daughter who has been suffering from a mental illness since they year 2004. Receiving this money will hopefully put a smile on my daughter's face once again.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My son, Weldon, graduated last year from Kenyatta University but his certificate was not released because of school fees arrears amounting to $200. I am happy that last month he was able to get the certificate after clearing the arrears. I hope that soon he will secure employment and be of great assistance to our family
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My daughter, Tecla, has grappled with a mental illness since the year 2004. She cannot be left alone because she has a tendency of leaving the compound unnoticed and this is dangerous for someone like her. I lock her in the house from morning to evening due to the fact she turns violent. Vandalism is her source of happiness and she likes breaking things like thermos, glasses, and other utensils. This forces me to tie her up on her bed to reduce this destruction. This has been my main challenge and I keep wondering how long will this condition would last.