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Naitoti's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
45000 KES ($350 USD)
access_time 26 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
With my final transfer from GiveDirectly, I plan to invest in fruit farming, focusing on growing bananas, papayas, and mangoes. These crops thrive in our region and have a readily available market, allowing me to generate profits to support my family's daily needs. To address the water shortage issue, I will purchase a pipe and generator to facilitate irrigation for my fruit trees, which require less water compared to other crops. I'm confident that within the next three years, this investment will start yielding a steady income, complementing my husband's low earnings as a primary teacher. By diversifying into this more reliable and water-efficient farming investment, I aim to provide a more stable financial foundation for our family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly's mode of operation has been truly commendable. The community meeting (Baraza) where their officers educated us about the organization and the source of its finances was instrumental in dispelling any doubts or rumors about the legitimacy of the funds. I was particularly touched by the fact that we were not expected to offer the officers anything, including food, during the enrollment process, ensuring that we incurred no additional costs. Moreover, GiveDirectly's approach acknowledges the diversity of human needs, and the unconditional cash transfers have given me the freedom to spend the money on my priorities without any external influence. The only area of improvement I would suggest is for GiveDirectly to investigate further before making decisions, rather than solely relying on what others say about an individual, to ensure that no one who deserves the support is left behind. Overall, GiveDirectly's approach is effective and inclusive.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As a small-scale farmer in our region, I face significant challenges due to unpredictable weather patterns. During droughts, water shortages hinder my harvests, while heavy rains like the recent floods often result in crop losses. My husband, a primary teacher, earns a low income, making it difficult to meet our family's needs, particularly school fees for our five school-going children. Despite the challenges, I am committed to their education, recognizing it as a vital investment in their future success. With my third transfer from GiveDirectly, I allocated $200 to cover school fees for two of my high school children, each receiving $100.Additionally, I decided to use the remaining $250 to complete the unfinished house we have been living in for over ten years, finally finishing the pending floor and walls. Thank you GiveDirectly.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
18240 KES ($140 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home with my two kids around 3 pm, preparing evening tea, when the phone rang. Upon checking, I saw it was a message from GiveDirectly. I was overjoyed couldn't wait for my husband to arrive from school, as he's a teacher. Words couldn't express how delighted I was. Initially, I thought of calling him, but then I realized it was almost 4 pm, the time he should be arriving home. So, I waited for my husband to come so that we could plan what to do with the money. However, my mind was already racing with the idea of buying bean seeds so that we could start planting, especially now that it's the rainy season.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Receiving the money has made a big difference in my life. Now, I feel much calmer because I don't have to constantly worry about how to buy food for my family. I'm also thankful for the seeds I got because when planting and harvesting they can help make sure my kids have enough to eat and take care of our other needs. Instead of selling our cows for other things, we're using them to invest in our future.Life is better now. We have fewer problems to deal with, and my family is really happy. Since it's a holiday and the kids are home, we're excited to start planting on our farm. We've enjoyed the money in a way that makes us wish we could get it every month.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am the mother of 8 kids, and my husband and I have been struggling to cater to the basic needs of our children. However, when I received the cash, I immediately allocated $100 for school fees and $20 for school uniforms for our children. They have been relying on their father's salary, which is insufficient due to its limited amount since he is a primary teacher.Furthermore, I set aside $40 to purchase bean seeds and prepared the farm to plant half a hectare of beans. Beans are resilient during dry seasons, and now that it's raining, we decided to plant them, considering the uncertainty of the rainfall's duration. We used to plant maize, but due to unpredictable rains, we opted for beans instead.The remaining amount was utilized to buy foodstuff. Initially, we relied on farming for food, and when farming was not productive, we sold cows to cover expenses. I am not employed; I stay at home, managing both farming and livestock. However, while life was not excessively challenging for us, there were times when expenses piled up.Thanks so much to GiveDirectly for providing us with such support. We are grateful and feel appreciated.
access_time 5 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
Since we depend mostly on irrigation farming as the main source of livelihood, we intend to invest 60% of our transfers on our farm. Water has been the biggest challenge during prolonged dry season as we have had to hire a water pump on such occasion. This has proven to be very expensive for us. As such, we intend to buy a water pump at a cost of $400, increase acreage by clearing the extended part of the land at a cost of $50 and the remainder, to buy farm inputs. We project that by doing this, our proceeds will double hence increasing our profits.
What is the happiest part of your day?
We took advantage of the rare short rains that we experienced in our area recently. I am really happy because out of this, we were able to get bumper harvest that assisted us to pay for the first term school fees of our children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have 6 children who are studying at different levels. 1 in tertiary level, 2 in secondary level while the rest at primary level. I am expected to pay $1000 annually for the one in tertiary level and $900 for the two in secondary level. We are supposed to raise these amounts yearly yet we do not have a reliable source of income. I am a housewife while my husband is the one fending for us. We have constantly been struggling to cater for the education expense through irrigation farming which has been hampered by unfavorable climatic conditions in the area.