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Betty's family
Casual labor
Kenya Standard Remote
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($489 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
While working on the farm at about 9.30 a.m. Out of curiosity, I decided to check my phone and that's when I saw that I had received KES 55,000. I couldn't hide my joy when it occurred to me that I finally had the money to buy a dairy cow for my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Before receiving this cash transfer, my family had to buy milk every morning, at KES 35 a litre. This is costly for us because we have no source of income. This situation has caused us a lot of distress in the past. But I'm glad to note that things have changed. We bought a dairy cow that has been supplying our family of four with enough milk. We can save the money we would spend on the same to meet other needs. Thanks, GD!
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Buying milk every morning at KES 35 a litre is costly for our family because we have no source of income. So I was pleased to spend KES 35,000 on the purchase of a dairy cow that can supply all four of us with milk. I then spent KES 13,000 on barbed wire and cement for the construction of a chicken coup, as I wish to start poultry farming soon.
access_time 3 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I love dairy farming. I have one cow and I would like to have 2 more. A good dairy cow is sold at KES 50000. In preparation for that, I have planted Napier grass for them. So when I get this money I will use it to buy them. The milk I will get from these cows will be a good source of income. A liter of milk is sold at KES 40. Crop farming is no longer doing well due to diseases and low rainfall so dairy farming is the better option.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I had planted cabbages in a small piece of land and I made a lot of profit. I had spent KES 1700 to purchase seed, phosphate, and pest control drugs. The profit was KES 7000. That money I made I bought 2 sags of maize to feed my family and another packet of seedlings hoping to plant and earn profit.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest challenge we are currently facing is insufficient food. We used to depend on crop farming but due to diseases and low rainfall crops wither. I am a casual laborer daily earnings per day is KES 100 and with this little money, I have to decide on buying food and other household needs. My earnings are very little to meet all the needs of my family.