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Rosalyin
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
60
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($507 USD)
access_time 16 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My house used to leak from the floor during the rainy season and when I received these transfers, I cemented the house and the floor too to seal the leaking. Right now, when it rains, there is no more leakage and the house is warmer than before. Thank you Givedirectly.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Getting money that I have to choose what to do is just good. I don't see anything that you are doing wrong.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I cemented my main house and kitchen and bought a heifer.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($515 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my first transfers I felt so happy because I was sure of plastering and cementing the floor of my house which I had been planning for it for so long without success.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Before we received the transfer, we were living in a mud house that had a lot of dust especially on the floor and was very hard to maintain. This was because we were unable to raise enough money to plaster the house due to low income, even though that was our greatest desire. The transfer made it possible for us to plaster the entire house and we are now living in a clean environment without any dust which has brought the greatest difference in our daily lives.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Before Give Directly came, I had just constructed a semi permanent house which had its floor would sip water during rainy season. When I received the transfer, I purchased the required materials for the plastering which is now done and I am so happy to be living in a beautiful house. Part of the money was also helpful as I invested on a heifer which I bought with an aim of rearing for milk production.
 
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access_time 6 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have been aspiring to own a dairy cow in order to supplement from what I earn from selling bananas. Since I am a farmer, it takes long for bananas to ripe and I have less than 10 trees of bananas in my farm. I get approximately $4 a month from the sale of bananas which is hardly enough to cater for the entire family. I am now planning to use around $300 to buy a dairy cow.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Since I am a house wife and getting old and I spend most of my time working in my garden (of less than 0.25 of an acre) where I grow beans, bananas, kales, among others (either weeding, digging or planting more crops). The happiest part of my day therefore is in the evening since I normally work in my garden up to around 4pm after which I go back home to do other household chores such cooking, washing utensils, among others.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Change of climate has been the biggest hardship we have faced in life. For more than 10 years now, we have been unable to harvest sufficient maize yet we entirely depend to sustain our family. This made us to focus of growing bananas which is still a challenge since the land under cultivation is less than 0.25 of an acre.