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Gladys
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labor
faceAge:
33
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($468 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Our new goal is to build another house. We were not able to build one with the transfers that we got since we used most of the money on paying school fees for our two children. One who is in secondary school and another who recently joined a medical college. We managed a few materials for the construction, that is, the iron sheets and the building poles. We hence do not have money to start the construction. There are some self-help groups that I have joined that I usually make merry-go-round contributions to. I am waiting to receive the contributions, I plan to use the money that I will get in starting the construction process. The reason why we want to construct another house is because the one that we live in is small and grass-thatched. It is hence not enough for the seven of us. We also do not have a place to welcome our guests and hence we usually talk outside whenever they come visiting. If we manage to build one, we will have more room for ourselves and a place to welcome the guests.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did well by helping the neediest in society. They taught us well about the program and they advised us about some of the ways that we can spend our transfer. They also did well when they decided to leave the people alone to make their own decisions on how to spend the transfer. I hence do not see anything that they need to improve on.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
We spent the entire second transfer money on paying college fees and buying the necessary school materials for our daughter who was joining a medical college. The money was not entirely enough and we had to take out KES 10000 that we had saved to add to it. Our daughter had wished to join college for a long time but we did not have the money to take her to one since we do not have stable sources of income. We depend on casual jobs to earn a living. We are hence grateful to GiveDirectly for the support. I feel less stressed and happy because we were able to make the dream of our daughter come true and also we were able to clear the entire semester fee. We hence do not owe anything the school.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($489 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 9.00a.m and was already in my workplace when I received a notification message confirming a receipt of the transfer.I was so excited and later that evening went and withdrew so that I could initiate the great plans that I had before receiving the money.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is owning a dairy cow after I had sold the ones I had due to financial constraints to meet school fees needs. I thank Give directly for the great support which has given me hope once more and looking forward for the second transfer that will help me accomplish other desires.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
With the first transfer, I obtained a dairy cow worth Kshs.30,000.For the longest time, we had been purchasing milk after selling what we had to cater for school fees for our children. Buying milk every day was very expensive so I thought of prioritizing this to cut the daily costs. With Kshs.10,000 I cleared school fees for my child who just cleared university with tuition arrears and also paid Kshs.10,000 for one who is in grade 1 so that he could continue with his studies without disturbance. I purchased food with the remaining amount as I anticipate for the second transfer .
 
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access_time 11 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Farming is an activity that was introduced to us by our parents. However, crop farming is very risky due to the drought that is often witnessed here and it has seen farmers incur losses every harvesting season, myself included. I have had the desire to venture into dairy farming in a bid to diversify and keep losses at their lowest. To start the journey, I plan to buy 2 heifers each worth KES 20000. I also plan to buy dairy feeds for KES 10000. Receiving this money would mean so much to me as it will help me achieve my long-time dream.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am always busy throughout the day doing casual jobs here in the village. The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I get to have a rest from the tough day's activities.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being food secure has been one of the biggest nightmares I have had to endure. I have a family of 5 and feeding them through rain-fed agriculture has been difficult because of the ravaging effects of drought. In 2019, I managed to harvest a sack and a half of maize from my 2-acre piece of land. This only lasted me 4months and I was back to buying maize flour for the rest of the year.