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53150 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 4 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different than how it would have been if I never received the transfers in that I have rent a piece of land. I am a horticulture farmer. I do plant potatoes and vegetables on my fard. My farm is so small and the produce also was small. When I received the second transfer from GiveDirectly I found it wise to invest on horticulture farming. I rented a piece of land at the cost of 4000 Ksh. I used some amount to ploughed it and fence it. I also bought fertilizers and quality seeds for planting. I am so happy because my plants are good it's almost ready for harvest. There a high demand of potatoes at the market. I will be able to earn an income through the sales of my potatoes. I will used the proceed to buy a dairy cow to cut the daily cost of buying milk. I am so grateful for the support because it has enabled us to achieved our dreams. Thank you GiveDirectly for this amazing work you are doing.
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly does well by giving money to the poor in the community to build better houses and to buy dairy cows. I do not find anything that GiveDirectly did not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spend part of the money I received from GiveDirectly to clear the outstanding balance that I had. It costed me 20,000 Ksh. I am so happy because this could have taken me longer to get such amount of money. I used the rest to rest a piece of land. Ploughed it and planted potatoes. This will be a source of income for the family because I will sell the produce to earn an income. I also bought food for the family.
55000 KES ($501 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was still at the farm doing some work when my wife came in and she told me that she had heard from the neighbors that some people have started receiving the transfers. I decided to check my phone and to my surprise, there was the SMS saying that we had received the lump sum amount from GiveDirectly as promised. We became so happy on seeing this, we thanked God because we knew the plans that we had made were now going to be fulfilled.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
There has been a very big difference in our lives ever since we received the transfer from GiveDirectly. My wife has been able to get the capital to start the business that she has always desired. I have also been able to buy the machine that I will use in spraying water on my crops during the dry season. I will hence no longer be experiencing wastage and difficulties with my crops during that dry season. The transfer has enabled us to buy two more digging hoes and a spraying pump for our animals. We will hence no longer have to move around borrowing from the neighbors the tools. Having rented the land and having bought the potato seeds, we will be able to plant them. We will sell the potatoes when they mature and hence get income. The maize that we bought, will enable us to have something to eat for a while as we wait for the maize that is on the farm to ripen. We will hence not have any worries about what we are to eat. My children are happy too because they got new clothes for themselves.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
This money from GiveDirectly has helped me and my family in a big way. We were able to get capital to start a business that we have always desired. My wife used to do the business of selling second-hand clothes before I got married to her. She thus knows how good the business is and she has always had that desire to restart it. I hence decided to give her part of the transfer so that she can use it in restarting it. The transfer also enabled me to buy a farm spraying machine. I am a farmer and I usually grow tomatoes and potatoes. Sometimes we do experience a dry season in our area and the crops dry hence causing a lot of wastage. I decided to buy a second-hand spraying machine so that it can help me during the dry season. I was also able to buy two digging hoes, a spraying pump, and some insecticides for spraying the tomatoes. I also rented a piece of land that I plan to grow some potatoes. I was also able to buy 2 bags of potato seeds, a mattress, clothes, and gumboots. Other than the above, I also bought 35 tins of maize for my family’s consumption. The above had become hard for us to achieve especially buying the farm spraying machine and starting the business because we lacked the money to do so. I hence thank GiveDirectly because they have enabled us to have what we have always desired.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have been married for the last two years and I and my wife have not been able to bear a child. Every time she gets pregnant a miscarriage occurs towards the end of the pregnancy. With that, we have lost two pregnancies in the last two years.
We really desire to have a child and be happy like other couples because the ridicule and stigma we have gone through in this community is too much to bear. There's a time I even wished to relocate from this place and go to a place where we can be accepted. The medical care that we have been receiving in a local government dispensary is not comprehensive and the nurses have been advising us to find a specialist which is way too expensive for us to pay. I am now happy that Give Directly will bring these transfers to this household so that we can seek advanced special healthcare for us.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is usually in the morning. I am an early person and I usually wake up at 5 a.m to go out to my farm and start work. It is at this time that I usually work faster and achieve my target for the day before 10 a.m.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I am currently facing the biggest hardship in my life that my wife cannot successfully carry a pregnancy. My peers have been on my neck asking me to divorce my wife, my parents too, but I am now relieved that we shall be soon going to get advanced healthcare and probably have a child in the next one year.