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Lilian's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53200 KES ($482 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different than how it would have been if I never received the transfers in that I was able to plough my farm and buy seeds. This is my dream come true because I was able to plant at the right season. I used to delay in ploughing the farm because I didn't had the money. Planting late in our area result I poor harvesting. This means we would struggle to get food through out that season. I was not able to buy quality seeds. Whenever I plough a small piece of land the seeds that I used to plant was not certified. This also contributed to low harvest. When I received the second transfer I decided to plough my farm at the right season. I bought the certified and quality seeds. I am so happy because this time I am expecting a good harvest. I will not struggle to get food and other household items. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has enabled me to start well. I will ensure that every season I do the planting without delaying.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly does well by giving money to the poor in the community to build better houses. I do not find anything that GiveDirectly did not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of the money I received from GiveDirectly to purchased a goat. This is a good investment since goats reproduce twice per year and it really helps whenever there is an emergency. I bought some materials and build a goats house. This is where they will stay. I used some amount to ploughed my farm and bought some seeds. I am so grateful because were it not GiveDirectly this could not have been possible. The rest of the money I bought food and clothes.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($509 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home when I saw a message notification that I had received Ksh 55000 from GiveDirectly, I immediately called my husband to inform him of this good new development, he too was happy and grateful, we knew the money will help us improve our standards of living.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is that all this year's I had wished for a good sofa set seats to no avail because of financial constraints, I had kids in school and the seats were a list of my priority, when I received my transfer I knew that this was the perfect time to buy new seats and paint my roof to bring in a new look in my home, I thank the organization for the support because it has improved my life tremendously.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received the second transfer I used it to paint my roof which was a bit old to change the look of my house, on top of that I upgraded the seats in my house by buying a sofa set, I am so grateful for the support.
access_time 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have not had a successful maize harvest for some time now and as a result, I have to buy maize from a nearby market at KES 100 per 2 kilograms of maize. The food reserves I currently have are not enough for us and so receiving this money will enable me to buy food for my family
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is always in the morning because its at this time that I feel strong and healthy. In my old age, my main duties entail doing household chores and later prepare food for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of finances is my biggest worry at the moment. I am worried because rains have started and I don't have money to buy high breed maize that are drought and disease resistant. Over the years crops have been failing and I really hope that I can get high breed maize so that I may secure food for my family