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53150 KES ($527 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is quite different because for one I was able to get a job of my own because right now I have my own cows which I use to plow my own farm. Once the process is done I get to plant various cash crops which have been giving a lot of returns especially the beans where I normally get around four bags at the end of the season.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, I think the organization has been helping the needy to achieve some of the things that they were never able to achieve using their own minds and natural God-given abilities. On the flipside, I do not think that there is anything negative that I have seen about GD at the moment.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the cash transfer to buy some new iron sheets which I used to buold a new kitchen structure as well doing some little bit of renovations on a cowshed for my animals. During the renovation process I used approcximately 15000 KES which included buying a few bags of cement.
55000 KES ($542 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I no longer wake up very early in the morning to do odd jobs in people's farms which could pay less money for more hours but instead I get my own money from ploughing people's farms. I am my own boss nowadays, thanks to GiveDirectly.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was early in the morning around 6am when I was preparing to go and do the weeding in my parcel of land and before then, I decided to read the message on my phone. When I realized that I had gotten money from GiveDirectly, I was overwhelmed with joy and suddenly changed my mind, on the plan that I had of weeding. I just sat down and drew my budget. I knew that I will be able to take care of most of my needs.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
Before GiveDirectly started giving us transfers I was owning a ploughing machine which my neighbours could hire at a cost but this could cash in little income so when I received my transfer, I decided to buy three bulls. I am glad that this has brought a relief because, I use the bulls to prepare my parcel of land and this simply means that, I do not have to pay people so as to work in my farm. The best part of it is that I also get money from ploughing people's farm which has greatly increased my source of income. I also bought two bags of maize for the family's consumption and more clothes to look decent.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that my life is going to change a great deal as I am going to use it to start poultry farming that I believe will change my life forever.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon after coming back from the farm relaxing knowing that I have done something good that will enable me have food the coming days
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is lack of income due to lack of reliable job for sustainability.