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53150 KES ($512 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different because initially I did not have any livestock in my compound. I am happy that through the money from GiveDirectly, I now own a pair of oxen, a cow and six goats which I am keeping in my homestead. These are living assets to me which I can readily rely on in case of a financial needs. It's also a saving for the future of my children's education.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well in helping us through the transfer and giving us the freedom to plan for ourselves according to our individual household needs. I do not see anything that GiveDirectly doesn't do well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on buying a solar panel at KES 10000 to provide lighting to my household. I was using kerosene lamps incurring kerosene expenses daily but now even my children are comfortably studying using the solar lighting. In addition to this, I also purchased six goats at KES 18000 that I am currently rearing in my homestead. I also cleared fee arrears for my children so that they would be allowed to continue with their studies. I spent the remaining amount on buying foodstuffs for my family and paying for some household expenses.
55000 KES ($549 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I had never planned to own livestock considering that my financial status would not allow me to achieve that. However, with the coming of GiveDirectly, I got the financial support and accomplished that which seemed to be impossible to me. I now acquired my own livestock as necessary assets in our area and will help me in timely cultivation. To me, Owning these livestock gives me satisfaction and the biggest daily difference in my life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the notification early in the morning as I was in the process of preparing myself for the day's activities. I heard a message notification on my phone and checking to confirm, it was the message from GiveDirectly that I have been eagerly and anxiously waiting for, that my first transfer had finally been sent. I could not hold the joy and the laughter that came in me as I went through the contents of the message. For sure, this was the first time to get such a large sum of money. This alone made me rejoice and thankful to GiveDirectly for the transfer.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of my first transfer to buy a pair of oxen, a solar, 6 goats and the rest on shopping and for basic necessities. I decided to buy my own pair of oxen because previously I was hiring from neighbours which were costly to me and also using tools that were inferior and tiresome and I could not till a large acreage to obtain enough food for my family and will be hiring to my neighbours to earn an income. I am now assured of early and timely cultivation during planting season and increase the acreage for maximum utilisation of my land. In addition to this, I also bought a solar panel which provides lighting in my household as well as charging my phone and those of my neighbours at a fee, which is a small source of income to me. also, my children will be studying effectively as compared to before when they were using the small kerosene lamps which were not good for their health. I also bought six goats to keep and rear as my own assets and which I am hoping and expecting them to increase in number and be able to educate my children in furthering their studies in future. I can also sell when they increase and meet my financial needs. I did some shopping on the rest of the transfer on food and clothes for my children.
access_time almost 3 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Subsistence farming is quite unreliable due to poor rainfall and unproductive land in the area. However, this is the source of income I depend on to take care of my family. Besides this, my husband works in a quarry and supports the family with less 1000 shillings a month. The lack of a stable source of income makes it impossible to feed and educate my children. I am required to pay 3000 shillings for my children in school, but I am unable to raise this amount and in most cases they are sent back home. My desire is to give my children a bright future through education. Therefore, I will use this transfer to revive my shop business that will generate a stable income for the family. I will also construct a new house for my mother in-law since the current one is very small and the roof is leaking. Besides this, I will purchase oxen to facilitate agriculture which will curb food shortage. Apart from using the oxen in my farm, I will also rent them to other people in order to generate more income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I spend the better part of my day farming and doing casual jobs such as burning charcoal. These activities make me absent from my children but I still have to do them to earn a living. However, in the evening when I am back home I feel so happy to unite with my children again. Having them around is such a joy because they are playful and this make me forget my worries.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial constraint as a result of unstable source of income is my biggest hardship. This has resulted to the inability to cater for my family needs such food, education and medical needs. In 2016, I suffered from severe stomach ulcers that resulted to nonstop blood flow but I could not raise 10,000 shillings for hospital charges. This condition continued for 3 months and in the end I resorted to borrow from friends and the debt is not cleared to date. I still have 6000 shillings to pay back.