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53150 KES ($466 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My new goal is to buy more land to add to the one we bought with the transfers. The person who sold the piece of land to us wants to sell another piece of land that is adjacent to the one we bought. I would like to buy more land so that I can get where to grow crops and rear a cow.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did well because they were not biased in enrolling people into their program. They did the enrollment with openness and they did not need to be bribed to enroll anyone. They also did well by not consulting the village elder on determining who to enroll. They followed the rules that they had laid down alone. I, therefore, do not see any wrong that they made and I would like to urge them to continue with the good work.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent the recent transfer money on buying another one point of an acre of land. I bought the piece of land at KES 40000. I had bought a point with the first transfer. I decided to buy the land because I wanted to move aside with my family. My mother is unmarried and there have always been family wrangles between us and our uncles. My wife is also not on good terms with my mother and that is why I bought the land somewhere else so that all these conflicts could end. I am glad that having done so, there has been peace and everyone is happy. Besides buying the piece of land, I also bought a calf at KES 5000. The calf is an investment that is going to help me in the future. I also bought chairs at KES 5000 and with the remaining amount of money, I used it in starting a hotel business. The business has picked up and I am able to comfortably provide for my family of four, that is, buy food and pay school fees for my child. He is hence no longer being sent home due to school fees arrears like before. As a result of this, I no longer engage in any casual job that I get to get money for buying daily food like before. I am thus happy and thankful to GiveDirectly for their support.
55000 KES ($489 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was morning hours and my wife and I were busy farming on the farm. Suddenly, I heard my phone which was in my pocket ringing notifying me of a new message. I stopped to check what it was all about and I could not believe my eyes when I saw that it was an SMS telling me that I had received KES 55000 from GiveDirectly. I was so excited on seeing this and I called my wife to come have a look at the SMS which was bearing good news. She was so happy too that we couldn't continue with the work that we were doing. We talked about how the money is going to change our lives as we headed back home.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The transfer has brought a very big difference in my life and that of my family. I was able to buy food and other household goods that are going to last my family for three months. With this, I have been able to relax a little bit because I no longer worry about what they are going to eat over lunch whenever I am out working. I have thus been able to save the money that I get from the casual jobs. Thank you so much GiveDirectly for the great help.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
We spent most of the money that we got from GiveDirectly on buying land. I have been living together with my family in a house which was given to us by my grandmother. Living there has not been easy due to the frequent family wrangles caused by my uncles who do not want us to live there. This thus made us to have that desire to move out from the place. Although we have always wished to move out, we have not been in a position to due to lack of money. I depend on any casual job that comes up to earn a living. My wife on the other hand is not able to work because she underwent an operation and she is hence not able to do heavy work. I am hence the breadwinner of the family. I get paid approximately KES 600 per day and from this money, I spend most of it on the purchase of food and clothing for my children. The money has thus not been enough to save up to use on other developments.
access_time 11 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will mean a lot. We have seen what people have done with the grants they received from GiveDirectly and I was very elated when you visited me. I plan to buy a piece of land with KES 25,000 from the transfer because that has been my greatest desire. I plan to build a house with KES 25,000 and buy a cow with KES 35,000 because I have none of my own.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening because I feel that the work that I did during the day was not in vain and that I have provided food for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The reason as to why I want to buy a piece of land far from my home is because of the disagreement my mother has with my wife. My wife has undergone so much tribulation by living next to my mother. This has been a challenge and I fear that one day my wife will decide to go back home and leave me alone. I desire to have a stable family and therefore buying a piece of land somewhere will be of great help.