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Maria's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Large Transfer
Upcoming Stage
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
18010 KES ($111 USD)
access_time 23 days ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home with my helper Lucy and my two kids. We were having a regular day when suddenly, I received a transfer of $200 from GiveDirectly. It was an unexpected and delightful moment that filled our home with joy. As I saw the money in my account, my first thought was about how it could positively impact my family's life. We didn't have a toilet, and I decided to allocate $80 from the transfer to build one. This decision brought a sense of relief and happiness to all of us. With the funds, we were not only able to address a basic need but also improve our living conditions. The prospect of having a toilet brought a lot of joy to my family. We celebrated this moment, grateful for the support that came our way.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since I started receiving transfers from GiveDirectly, the most significant change in my life has been the addition of a toilet. Before, we didn't have one, but now we do. This has made a huge difference for my family. We are now happier and feel grateful for this improvement in our living conditions. Having a toilet has brought a positive change that we appreciate every day.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon receiving the recent $200 transfer from GiveDirectly, my first priority was addressing our immediate needs. With $80, I decided to invest in building a toilet, a crucial step towards improving our hygiene and living conditions. Facing a moment of financial strain, I allocated $20 to purchase essential food items. This decision was particularly important as I have two kids, and my husband was unwell. Ensuring there was food on the table became a top priority for the well-being of my family. I also recognized the need for some basic comforts in our home. Wanting to provide a better seating arrangement for my family, I allocated $16 to buy two plastic chairs. Now, not only do we have improved hygiene with the new toilet, but we also have a more comfortable space to gather as a family. The impact of these allocations extends beyond the tangible items purchased. They have contributed to our overall well-being, creating a more sanitary and comfortable environment for my family during a challenging time.
access_time 3 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
My current house is made of grass and mud. When it rains we're always worried it may fall down. Termites also eat the grass and the wooden structure. I'd like to construct a 2-roomed all round iron-sheet house. The cost of materials is high now, I expect to use about $500. When I have a better house, we'll live without worrying when it rains. It will also give us enough room to sleep. Additionally, due to lack of proper sanitation. We plan to spend some of the transfer to build a toilet. It will reduce our chances of getting diseases and also the stress of asking neighbors to allow us to use theirs. The remaining transfer will help us in farming. We have been doing maize farming each season. Since, we depend on irrigation, it's important to save some amount for labour and watering the farm. Irrigation does well here and we have already set canals.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am a farmer, and happy because of the continued rains. It points to food security. Currently, I have planted beans, we expect to make a good harvest. This brings joy to our family, we can also sell some for other expenditures.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
We are a family of 8, and don't have a toilet or a place to relieve ourselves. It's embarrassing having to depend on our neighbor's facilities. This means even when we have visitors, we have to ask our neighbors for help to use their toilet. It's also risky sharing with many people, it can lead to diseases. I am always worried of where to go next, this has affected our lives.