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Ruth's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($462 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
We own half an acre of land which is full of stones and we had to remove them in order to make a space where we built our house. If God blesses me, it is my wish to buy a piece of land in an area with good terrain and free of stones. My spouse no longer does anything since he is old hence I can only depend on God for providence since the money I make from my grocery business is only enough to cater to our basic needs.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did well by enabling us to build decent houses and we are so grateful for the financial support. Before receiving the transfer, 90% of people in my village used to live in single-room houses that were mostly grass thatched. I am happy that this is no longer the case since the village is now shining with newly constructed iron-roofed houses, something that would not have been possible if the transfer was not made unconditional.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I built a more spacious house made of timber walls for my family using my first transfer and on receiving the second one, I spent KES 20000 to paint the walls so as to make it more attractive and used KES 2700 on food. I still have KES 30000 that I am planning to use in buying a dairy cow since I do not have any. I depend on a grocery business that I operate at our neighboring shopping center and I have been using the profits on our basic needs. The prospect of buying a dairy cow using the money that I still have makes me so happy and I am also grateful to GiveDirectly for enabling me to build a house in my old age.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($485 USD)
access_time 7 months 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 11 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.