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53150 KES ($518 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different from how it would have been had I not received the transfer because I have been able to cement my house and kitchen. I had never thought that I will ever cement it since I wanted to concentrate on my children's studies first. I knew that this would need more dedication and resources hence I would not be able to cement it.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my own opinion, GiveDirectly did well by not discriminating on anyone and I do not see anything that they did not do well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
When I received my second transfer, I spent a good amount to cement my house. This is because I wanted to make it more permanent. Also, I spent some amount to buy a heifer. This will act as a mark of GiveDirectly in my life. When it reproduces, my family will get enough milk for consumption and sale. On the remaining amount, I bought two sacks of maize to last us for some time.
55000 KES ($536 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have bought a dairy cow. I used to buy milk and it was so costly for me. I depend on casual jobs in the village to earn a small income. My spouse also does casual jobs and we combine the money to meet all the basic needs. I have small children and at this stage, milk is very important for them. At times we could not get the manual jobs and this means our children would go without milk. This was so demoralizing because we could go out in the morning and come back late at night to look for jobs. We missed having enough time for bonding with our children. Currently, I have bought a dairy cow. We have enough milk for our family and I sell the surplus milk at the center to meet additional needs for the family. My children no longer miss having milk daily. I and my spouse have devoted our time to our own farm and we no longer do much of the casual jobs and this has given us much time to spend with our family. We are so grateful because GiveDierectl has changed our standard of living.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment when I received your money I felt so happy because I have never received such an amount of money before. It was very early in the morning when I heard a message from my phone. When I checked it I felt so happy because I knew I would be in a position to buy a daily cow. My family members were also so happy and we really celebrated that morning.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to buy a dairy cow, I also used some amount to finish the construction that I had started using my own savings and the rest of the money I used it to buy food for the family.
access_time 11 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I would like to improve my dairy farming activity by getting a more improved breed.The money that I will get from Give Directly will help me buy one cow to start with.I have one cow which produces 2 litres of milk a day.This earns me very little income which cannot sustain all the family's needs.I want to buy an improved breed which will cost me around Ksh 40,000(400 USD).My target is getting 15 litres for sale a day.My daughter will be joining secondary school next year and therefore I require money for school fees and other expenses come next year.The second transfer will help me a lot.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My first duty in the morning is feeding the cow before I go to the farm.I work in my farm till noon.I spend the afternoon hours washing clothes and other forms of cleanliness around my house.I enjoy the morning hours feeding the cow and working in the farm because this is where I depend on at the end of the day to feed my children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have gone through a lot of financial constraints because I do not have a stable source of income.I am just a house wife and I have only one cow to look after.I get 2 litres of milk a day from the cow and the money I get when I sell the milk is not enough to sustain the needs of my family.My husband is away most of the time working as a casual labourer contracted as a driver to plough land using a tractor.His work is seasonal and therefore he sometimes stays at home for up to four months without getting work to do.