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53150 KES ($530 USD)
access_time 12 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has just changed for the better. We now have a new house for the family and a dairy cow as well. We owned almost nothing before GiveDirectly came in. We are now proud owners of family assets such as a cow and a house to live in among other assets. My family is generally happier and this makes me so proud as a parent.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did so well by educating the people who received the money on the possible uses of the money and leaving us free to choose what to spend our money on. This brought some great sense of freedom to us and we were so proud of this. On the other hand, I did not see anything that I did not like about GiveDirectly and their operations.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
When I got my second transfer, I used part of it to build a house for the family. We had a relatively bigger house but we did not have a kitchen. I used this transfer to build a house that is now functioning as a kitchen and my children can too sleep in it. I used the remaining amount to buy a dairy cow for the family that is going to help us have enough milk for family consumption while we sell the surplus to get additional income for the family. The additional dairy cow shall also be of great importance to us when it reproduces. This means that we will have additional assets for the family that can help us meet any family needs.
55000 KES ($543 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the cow that I bought using the transfer. When I see it feel so happy knowing that am soon going to produce more milk for my family consumption and income. I also see it as an added asset.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
My transfer came in at around 0300hrs when I was asleep together with my family. When I saw the text I felt so happy and woke up my husband and told of the news and he was also ver happy. I was eager to go to mobile money agent to withdraw it. I was so happy.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent KSH26000 to buy a cow, KSH4000 on my family food, KSH 6000 on clothing, and utensils and daily expenditure, KSH5500 on to buy a barbered wire, KSH 9000 on fencing my grazing land, KSH2000 to settle a debt and KSH 1000 am planning to use it on my family daily basic needs.
access_time 7 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have been desiring to own a cow since I don't have one. Therefore, receiving this money mean I will soon own one and we thank God for GiveDirectly who are about to change our lives.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning after seeing a new day and waking up healthy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My daughter became mentally challenged eight years ago and we have taken her to several health facilities which we used almost all the resources we had at her disposal yet her health has remained the same. This has been the biggest hardship we have faced in our lives.