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Subsistence farming
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6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
access_time 1 month ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Being in a state of joblessness has always posed the challenge of raising money for my family's support. I had to bear with that situation before my enrollment in GiveDirectly's program. Therefore, with an assurance of a monthly transfer for this year, my main goal is to invest a portion of my transfers in poultry farming. It is a viable project that I can easily undertake while at home. From it, I am hopeful that I will be in a position to raise money for our nutritional needs, and also meet my medical expenses.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Immediately after I received my transfer, I prioritized buying maize flour. I, therefore, spent $10 on food because my family had run out of food. As a result, we feel slightly relieved from the severe famine that is currently sweeping our region. I am glad the food will last my family for some days. In addition, I have saved $15 for my land preparation in anticipation of the next planting season. Previously, we never had sufficient rain translating to the current hardship we face. Lastly, I have planned to use the remaining cash for my medication since I suffer from a chronic condition. With the past three months' transfers, I could easily acquire food and buy medicine. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for the financial support.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES
access_time 5 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I am grateful to GiveDirectly for providing me with the unconditional transfers and helping me out financially. After I lost my only source of income, life in the village became intolerable, making it challenging to survive. The money is essential for helping people escape poverty and live better lives. I urge the organization to take on more members, especially from drought-affected areas, in order to improve those people's lives.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As a farmer, I was forced to stop working after the drought started three years ago. Due to the meager income I receive from selling charcoal, I have found it difficult to support my family (my mother and wife). The majority of the customers I serve who buy charcoal prefer to use readily available fuels like firewood because it is very affordable and available. I work manual jobs like fetching water, building houses, and raising livestock in addition to selling charcoal to make ends meet. Because I don't work a regular schedule of jobs, I occasionally don't have enough money to feed my family, which forces us to go to bed hungry. So when I got my transfer, I bought food for the family with a sizable portion of $23.5. The unpredictable nature of the jobs I work on is what prompted me to buy food in bulk. This was done to make sure that my family wouldn't go hungry while I looked for a job. The remaining $6.5 went toward mending my house's door. I feel secure knowing that I fixed the door, making my home and family safe and secure.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had spent the previous two days looking for work without success, so I spent the whole day inside my home recuperating. My wife and her friend were talking about transfers from GiveDirectly when I overheard their chat. I hurriedly leaped out of bed and grabbed my phone. I examined the text message I had gotten on my phone and was pleasantly surprised to learn that I had received my first transfer. I grinned widely as my heart thumped loudly against my chest. I shared the good news with my wife who had also received her transfer.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I'm appreciative that the transfer gave me a significant financial boost by enabling me to feed my family. I was troubled by the indicators of malnutrition my kids were displaying, such as their underweight. The main reason for this was that they ate little since I couldn't afford to feed the family well. I'm glad that the transfer I'll get will enable me to feed my family healthily.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
For the past thirty years, I have mainly relied on crop farming to provide for my family and generate an income. The terrible consequences of the drought have made it difficult for me to support my family for more than three years. I'm now starting a poultry farm to supplement my income and provide for my family. I purchased a lot of food for the family with the KES 1350 I received on my first transfer. I am still in the beginning stages of my poultry project, therefore my income is low, which prevents me from being able to completely support the needs of my family, including the purchase of food. We only eat one meal a day since I cannot afford to feed them three times a day. In addition to the meals, I spent KES 650 repairing my home. I purchased a bag of cement to repair a house wall that was split. I'm grateful for the money because it allowed me to buy food for my family and fix my house.
access_time 10 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
When I was a teacher before retirement I was in a community SACCO that I was using to do some savings. Since I retired my pension money has not been enough to take care of the responsibilities in the family and remain with some for savings. My plans for the SACCO were to save and take a loan to start a business that can give me good returns. I desired to continue with the savings but unfortunately, lack of money hindered me from doing so. Receiving these transfers will enable me to continue with my savings plan so that I can have enough shares to give me a good loan.
What is the happiest part of your day?
We usually come together as a family every December where we celebrate by slaughtering a goat and chicken. I was worried that last year will not be the same because I did not have enough money but my children surprised me. They came together and contributed enough money to take care of all the expenses and the remaining money after the budget helped with some small repairs in the house. This brought joy and happiness into my life because I never knew that all will happen.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The drought in my area has made life very difficult for us because nowadays we have to buy everything even water that we used to get from the streams. The pension money that I thought would help me in taking care of my family plus my sick mother is not enough because of the inflation rate in the country. It is frustrating and stressful being the breadwinner yet I cannot provide for my family. Insufficient money in the household is therefore the current challenge that I face in life.