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76th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 1 day ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the coming year and beyond, my main focus is to finalize the construction of my new house, which is currently in its final stages. While I continue contributing to the savings group through the monthly transfer from GiveDirectly, I am also benefiting from the sales of milk from my two dairy cows. These proceeds have been crucial in supporting the ongoing construction and covering household expenses. Looking ahead, I aim to construct a dedicated dairy shed to enhance the feeding process for my cows. By improving their living conditions and nutrition, I anticipate an increase in their productivity over time. This investment in infrastructure aligns with my long-term goal of creating a sustainable and thriving dairy farming operation. Through careful planning and resource management, I am confident that I can achieve these objectives and further improve the livelihoods of my family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has truly made a significant impact on our village with the monthly cash transfers. The fact that every member receives an equal amount has empowered many to join savings groups, where we can collectively save and distribute lump sum amounts. Beyond the initial education provided by GiveDirectly officers, these groups have been invaluable in teaching us financial literacy and fostering a culture of saving. In fact, we have even established a village-wide savings account, with each member contributing $5 monthly. This not only promotes personal savings but also provides a safety net for members in need. Overall, I believe this approach has been fair and convenient, allowing us the autonomy to make our own spending decisions and truly benefit from the support provided by GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Each of the 20 members in an informal savings group we started in the village has been contributing $15 each month right after receiving the transfer from GiveDirectly. Being in a group with all members living within the village and receiving timely transfers from GiveDirectly has ensured the smooth running and success of our projects. In the past two months when I received my turn from the group members, I was able to use the funds to support the construction of our brick-walled house, which is now almost complete. Although the construction has been slow, the consistent support from GiveDirectly has kept the project going, supplemented by proceeds from our livestock and the sale of surplus farm produce. I spent the remaining $14 on meeting part of the labor costs for the construction site. I am grateful for the support from GiveDirectly and the collaborative efforts of our savings group, as they have made it possible to make significant progress on our new home.
 
72nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($19 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the next one year and beyond my plan is to purchase a chaff cutter. This is a machine that will cost me a total of $5500 and I plan to raise this money by taking part in a merry go round contribution group. The amount collected shall then be used to buy the machine that will make my dairy keeping practices to be easier than it is right now. I already have three dairy cows and my plan is to keep adding value by availing feeds in time and in good quality. It is through dairy farming that I can improve my life and that of my family. The chaff cutter will not only increase the volume of feeds but will also ensure that all feeds are utilized without wastage at all.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does very well by empowering people with cash without conditions. Personally, I would not be in a position to even think and plan about building a new house. I am glad that I now have a three roomed house that is made of bricks. Looking at what other people have done across the village, it is clearly evident that the money has been of great help to all of us and it has changed our fortunes a great deal. We always look forward to receiving the money from GiveDirectly and we are so grateful for it.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used all the money that I received last month to till a piece of land that I own. This is a planting season and I am so grateful that I received the cash. Without it, I would not have planted my farm in time. I am also very grateful for the transfers for it has enabled me to build a three room brick house. I have been able to do this because of the supplementary source of income from GiveDirectly transfers. The milk that I sell from a dairy cow that I bought from the same transfers has also helped me a great deal. I would not have had such idea as building a new house anytime soon. I am g;ad that it is almost coming to completion and that I will move in shortly.
 
68th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($20 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have been working tirelessly on completing the construction of my house, and I am eager to see that project through to the end. Once the house is complete, my next goal is to build a semi-zero grazing unit. To fund this venture, I plan to utilize the money I receive from GiveDirectly, as well as the income generated from the sale of milk. Dairy farming has been a reliable source of income for me, and I see it as the cornerstone of this new endeavor. By combining these financial resources, I am confident that I can get the zero-grazing unit up and running efficiently. This not only means more income for me but also an opportunity to contribute to the local dairy market. I am excited about the prospect of expanding my dairy farming operations and achieving greater financial stability in the coming year.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I have to say, GiveDirectly really impressed me with their approach. First of all, they ensured that each one of us received an equal amount of money. This made us feel like we were all on a level playing field, and it eliminated any sense of favoritism or inequality. Knowing that everyone got the same opportunity to improve their lives was a great relief. What stood out even more was that the money was given directly to us. There were no middlemen, no bureaucracy, just a direct transfer of funds into our hands. Everything was also well explained, which made the process transparent and easy to understand. With this equal opportunity and direct support, we all have a fair shot at improving our lives and creating a better future for ourselves and our families.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have been working hard to build my dream house for quite some time now. I have been using these transfers to top up the payments I make to my masons. They have been instrumental in turning my dream into a reality. Right now, we are in the midst of the plastering phase, and it is coming along beautifully. I am also a dairy farmer and a small businessman. I buy and sell cows as part of my business, and those cash transfers have been a lifeline in keeping the business running smoothly. My family plays a big role in our financial stability too. I have three wonderful children, and my wife is a hardworking entrepreneur herself. She buys and sells eggs, and she is also involved in farming. These cash transfers have allowed us to not only invest in our dream home and my business but also ensure that our children receive a good education and have a bright future ahead of them.
 
64th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($21 USD)
access_time 12 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the next one year and beyond my goal is to put up a semi dairy unit. This will help me improve my dairy keeping project and subsequently increase my living standards and that of my family. Currently I have three dairy cows but I feel they are not well taken care of. Getting a place where they can feed well and have some decent shelter shall give make this livestock keeping project more viable. I look forward to having it ready within the next one year.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly does very well by enrolling everyone within the village and doing so without any form of bias whatsoever. With this money, I have been able to take my children to a private school where they have accessed quality education. I feel so much happy and lucky to have been part of this program and I hope to achieve much more going forward
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
For the last two years, I have been using the little money that I get to put up a better house for my family. I started by using the transfer to make bricks and later used the monthly transfers to sort out casuals helping to put up the building. I am so glad that the building is almost complete and that we will now be moving in with my family. Living in a mud walled house will be history for us and I will attribute this success to GiveDirectly transfers. I was inspired by a friend who channelled all his transfers towards putting up a better house.
 
60th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($24 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the coming year, I hope to accomplish a lot more with GiveDirectly transfers. My house construction is at roofing stage already and my determination is to see to it that I bring it to completion before the year ends. I plan to use the transfers that I get from GiveDirectly and the proceeds from my dairy farming and another small business that I run to make this a reality. My greatest joy shall be on the day that I will be moving into my new house with my three children. This, I see it happening between the month of June and July this year. My monthly transfers shall be particularly helpful in paying the casuals that helps us in putting up the house.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does very well by giving out the money without giving conditions on how one should use the money. The freedom that comes with this has enabled us achieve a lot together. Looking at my village and how people have come together in groups to accomplish great things is just so satisfying. The fact that we were all treated equally and given equal amounts monthly is another positive thing to note about GiveDirectly. People in my village are more united than they have ever been before and this unity has been brought about by GiveDirectly transfers. On the other hand, I do not find anything with GiveDirectly that I think could have been done better. Everything was done well and they should continue with the same spirit.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Over the last one month, I have been very busy putting up a new structure for my family. I am building a two bedroom house for my family. I was inspired to start this when GiveDirectly topped up our monthly transfers. I started by using the money to make bricks almost four months a go. I also do dairy keeping and the money that I get added onto what I get from GiveDirectly have been very helpful to me. I used my most recent transfer of $29 to pay for casuals who are working on the building. The construction work is progressing very well and I cannot wait to move in with my family. I wanted something that I will look at and say GiveDirectly helped me to establish after the twelve year period elapses. Currently, my three children and I are staying in a mud walled house and this investment shall change our living standards for the better. I also receive support from my wife who runs a shop. We are so grateful to GiveDirectly for the support that we have received so far. Initially, we could channel all our transfers towards buying clothes, food and other commodities that would not last long. There is a huge shift by many people towards tangible investments that are also life changing. This happened especially after the amount of monthly transfers were increased.
 
54th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($25 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
52nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($25 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
48th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($26 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
43rd Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($27 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
40th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($27 USD)
access_time almost 3 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
36th Payment
Transfer Amount
2950 KES ($27 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
 
32nd Payment
Transfer Amount
2280 KES ($21 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
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The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.