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Ruth's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Standard Remote
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($485 USD)
access_time 8 days ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the money around 9am while preparing the farm for planting. I had left the phone in my house when I heard the good news from the neighborhood and immediately informed my helper to check for me and he confirmed to be GiveDirectly transfers and I was very grateful.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is cementing my house which has relieved of smearing and dust. For the past seventy years we have been sleeping in the animals skin but with GiveDirectly I can now sleep comfortably.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I also KES 32000 on cementing my three roomed house because it was a mud floor before.I also spent KES5000 on maize and rice and KES5000 on payment of school fees for my grandson. I also spent KES3000 on clothing and KES 6000 on beddings.I normally rely on beans farming to pay school fees.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means better housing for my family. I plan to cement my house, costing me KES 20,000. Currently is just bare ground which is so dusty and we often cough. It is also prone to triggers which is uncomfortable. For the rest of the amount I will top it up to my savings and buy a piece of land for farming.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The evening is the happiest part of my day. At this time I'm back from the market and have made some sales. I come home with foodstuffs that I enjoy with my husband and grandchildren.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship is when my husband lost his hearing two years ago. Since then I have to stay back with him at home so that I can help him. I'm also partially deaf which inhibits me from communicating properly with other people.