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Weldon's family
Weldon
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
House construction
faceAge:
25
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($489 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have plans to till the land and grow maize. I also have plans to buy another cow. I had planned to do the above when I got the transfer but unfortunately, I was not able to because the money was not enough. I, therefore, plan to get the money from the casual jobs that I usually do. Apart from the casual jobs, there are self-help groups that I have joined. We usually make merry-go-round contributions in the groups and hence there is some money that I am expecting to get. I plan to use the money from the groups on buying another cow to add to the ones I have. I want to till the land and grow maize because when it ripens, my family will have something to eat, and hence I will no longer have to incur the cost of buying maize. I can hence save some money that I usually make from casual jobs and use it on other developments. The cow will be of great benefit to me in the future when my child joins school because, with the milk that the cow will produce, I will sell some and use the money in paying for her school fees.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did well because the people in my community were able to make many developments with the transfer. Most of them were able to build new houses that are roofed with iron sheets and hence they no longer live in grass-thatched houses. As for me, I never thought that I will ever be able to construct another house due to lack of money. The house that I used to live in was grass-thatched and it had grown old. There is one thing that I would however recommend to GiveDirectly. There are some girls who have children and they are still living in their parent's home. I think that GiveDirectly should help them because most of them are single parents and they fend for their children on their own.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent all of the money that I got on my second transfer on buying a piece of land. I decided to buy the piece of land because this is what I had always wanted. The land where I live is small and hence there is no enough space for my cows to graze. I usually rent land where the cows can graze and I pay for it at the end of the month. I usually pay around KES 1000 per month. This is costly to me because I depend on casual jobs of farming and construction work to earn a living. These jobs are not always available and the money that I get is little because I am usually paid an average of KES 400 per day. This money is not enough to make any developments since most of it usually goes to the purchase of food and the merry-go-round contributions. With the land that I bought, I will no longer have to rent a place where my cows can graze. This has only been possible due to the help that GiveDirectly has given us. We are so much grateful for that.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($499 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer I felt so happy. I remember it was 10am. When I heard a ringtone message from my phone. I was so busy with my morning chores. I just decided to check the message. It was message confirming that I have received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly. I felt so overwhelmed with joy. I have never received such amount of money before. I immediately inform my family members and they were so happy too. We all knew we would be able to buy building materials and build a better house for the family. I went to withdrew the money the same day and planned other spending. We are so grateful for the support because GiveDirectly has changed our living standard.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have build a better and spacious house for my family. I used to live in a small grass thatched house which was almost falling apart. Whenever I had visitors it was so stressful because I did not had space to host them. I had always wished to build a better house but I didn't had money to start this project. I depend on casual jobs at the construction sites. The amount of money that I get through this is so small. It was only for consumption. I didn't had money to save. When I received the transfer from GiveDirectly I found it wise to invest on building a better house for my family. Currently I own a better house. I do no longer shy off to welcome visitors to my house. I am so happy because this project could have taken quite some time to do it.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 22,000 to purchased a heifer. I will be in a position to get milk for my family members when it reproduce in the next few months. This will cut the daily cost of buying milk. I spent some money to build a better and spacious house. I am so grateful because this were possible through the support from GiveDirectly. Finally I bought food and clothes for my children. I am so grateful for the support because GiveDirectly has changed our living standard to be much better than before.
 
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access_time 7 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means building a more spacious two-roomed iron-roofed house at a cost of $300. I also intend to add one heifer to my herd, that will latter multiply, thus an additional income to my family whenever we sell milk.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My usual day entails looking for house construction jobs to engage in every morning so as to earn some proceeds that would enable me to take care of my family needs at the end of the day. It is never a guarantee to get such jobs due to the remoteness of this area, thus whenever I manage to get one, coming back home after buying food for my family makes evening the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have always wished to build a spacious house for my family. The small grass-thatched one-roomed hut that we currently live in is too tiny to accommodate my visitors whenever they come around. I had planned to build a better house before the end of this year but since the onset of Covid-19, the business I used to rely on to build up savings was shut down. This is the biggest hardship I face.