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Mike's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Large Transfer
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
20000 KES ($153 USD)
access_time 14 days ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was getting late in the evening, and I was busy searching for my missing bull, which had not returned home the day before. As I navigated through the rocky hills, my phone suddenly buzzed with a notification. Retrieving it from my pocket, I checked the message to see what it was about. To my surprise, it was a Mpesa message. Opening it, I confirmed the amount and its origin. I could not contain my happiness, as it was exactly what I needed at that moment. I had been worrying about my three acres of maize suffering from a lack of water, as the rains had not arrived yet. I lacked the money to buy petrol for my generator, which needed to pump water from a distant river for irrigation, I felt helpless. But with the money from the Mpesa transfer, my outlook changed instantly. I abandoned my search for the bull and hurried to town to purchase the petrol. By 6:00 PM, I was back and ready to begin irrigating my land. I am incredibly grateful for this timely assistance. It saved my only source of income, which I had already feared losing.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Receiving the transfer has completely changed my life. When I saw my three acres of maize wilting away due to lack of water, I felt hopeless. But through the money from GD, I was able to irrigate the crops, giving me renewed hope for a good harvest and a better income. Now, I'm feeling more optimistic about the future. I plan to save the money from the maize harvest to buy land and relocate my family. We are currently facing the threat of displacement by the water from Lake Baringo, which is just 300 meters away from our home. Moving to safer ground is my priority, and I am determined to make it happen.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As I mentioned earlier, the money arrived at a crucial moment when I was deeply worried about losing my three-acre maize crop, which was withering due to the lack of rain. With no funds for irrigation, I feared losing everything, as it was the only source that I depended on to fend for my only son. However, the transfer rekindled the hopes that I had before. I immediately used $66 to purchase petrol for the generator, enabling me to pump water from a nearby river to save my crops. The joy I felt seeing my maize thriving again is beyond words. Additionally, I also invested $100 in buying a dairy goat, something I had admired for a while, inspired by a friend who owns two. The goat promised a good amount of milk for our needs as well as selling some to earn an income. I am pleased to say that the goat is almost ready to sire offspring. I used the remaining amount to purchase food for myself and my son, ensuring we were well-fed.
access_time 2 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Having tested watermelon farming and realized a good profit margin from the small piece of land I leased, I intend to fully delve into commercial farming as my source of livelihood. I plan to use $600 of my transfers to actualize this right from purchases to harvesting. By doing this, I project that I can get close to $5000 after three months. This will kickstart my journey to financial freedom and life sustainability for my family. For the rest of the transfers, I intend to relocate to my own place and construct a decent house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I leased a small piece of land and planted watermelon. Two months ago, I harvested the melons and at that time the demand for them was high. I am happy to say that I received maximum profits from the sales and this assisted me in settling school fee arrears for my son.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
After being displaced by flooding six years ago, I decided to borrowed land from a relative and constructed a simple structure for my family to live. With no reliable source of livelihood, I am only able to work from hand to mouth and as a result, I cannot save anything substantial in order to buy land and relocate. This meant that I had to continue staying in the borrowed land without doing anything useful as I am not allowed to carryout any development by the owner.