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53150 KES ($424 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Farming is our sole economic activity, whether the seasons are harsh or favorable. We've been doing mixed farming to reduce total losses during droughts, and I am hoping to expand into bulb onion farming in the coming year to fill a market gap I have noticed. Most farmers in the area plant maize and spring onions, but they go to the market every day to look for bulb onions, which are rarely planted. I hope to begin preparing nursery beds soon after we harvest our maize, and I will be ready to transplant when the rains come in April.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
We appreciate GiveDirectly's excellent work, which was equitable to all residents of the village. The training during the initial meeting was informative and assisted us in understanding what was expected of us prior to enrollment. After listening to the teaching in the initial meetings and reading the fly cards that we received, we were able to plan ahead and make informed decisions. We appreciated every step of the process and hope to be able to receive more in the future.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent $130 on the construction of a chicken coop and the subsequent purchase of 10 chickens after receiving the second transfer. Collecting and selling chicken eggs has helped us pay household bills, and we occasionally sell some chicken when there is a pressing need. I also spent $400 on school fees for my two children, one in third grade and the other in second grade. I am glad one of them completed secondary school and hopes to join one of the tertiary institutions soon. It was a relief to know that their school fees could be easily paid thanks to GiveDirectly's generous support. I rely on subsistence farming, which is constantly hampered by adverse weather, which can result in crop failure. The loss is sometimes unbearable, but we are grateful for GiveDirectly's timely support
55000 KES ($484 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was already on my bed, reflecting on how my day was, that was when I heard my phone ringing and vibrating loudly, on checking to see what the message was all about, I saw a Mpesa notification showing that I had received a sum of KES 55000 from GiveDirectly, I was overwhelmed with happiness, I then informed my husband who was equally happy and excited, then went down on our knees to give thanks to the Lord for the wonderful gift that came to our way that night.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life today is that my son was able to collect his academic certificate from school, he was unable to collect the certificate before due to financial constraints, and the biggest win is that he was able to get a job, I am so grateful for the transfer that gave hope in our lives and also gave us the opportunity so as for us to better our lives.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My son had completed his education but unfortunately, he was unable to collect his certificates due to unreliable sources of income, this is because I work as a casual labourer in the village, The transfer came as a relief in our lives because I knew that I will be able to clear the pending school fees allowance for my son, thus upon receiving the money I used KES 21,000 in paying the school fees arrears I then used KES 10,000 in starting a poultry project, in addition to that I gave my son KES 20,000 so that he could add to his savings to enable him to acquire a parcel of land, lastly, I bought foodstuffs and clothes with the remaining amount, I am so happy that I was able to accomplish so much just the way I had planned before.
access_time 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means improved living standards. My ambition has been to have a sustainable poultry keeping business. I had started this before from the savings that I had accumulated from our table banking group but due to various differences we disolved it and everyone went separate ways. I am happy because the transfers will see my dream come to pass. I will use KES 20,000 to construct a poultry house and add more chicken. This will help me save up school fees for my two daughters who are to join form one next year. The rest of the money I will use in improving my house and clear school fees in arrears for my son who has completed secondary school but due to lack of money he has not collected his secondary certificate.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The peace and harmony we have in my family is what brings me joy. My sons got married recently and I live close to my daughters-in-law and we live happily together. This has brought me happiness for the last 6 months.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The challenge we are facing currently is lack of enough food. Due to prolonged drought and crop diseases our farms have not been productive. From one hectare of maize we can only harvest 2 sacks. This is not enough to feed my family 7 for a whole year, it can last us for 2 months only and the other months we have to do casual jobs to buy food. This is very strenuous and unreliable.