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53150 KES ($518 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In my life, I had never been able to own livestock that is much-needed for a young family where there is a large demand for milk for my young children. My children are going to grow well and have healthy lives because I am able to provide milk and other foodstuffs that I can buy using the money from selling the farm products. This changed my life completely because I had been struggling to buy and keep a dairy cow without any such success for a really long time. I am better off after receiving the transfers than if I haad never received it.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did so well in that they helped us unconditionally. The fact that they gave us a lot of cash that we will not be asked to return. I gave us power in our hands to do all the things we needed to better our lives.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the money I received on buying two cows. I am a recently married man with a lot of responsibilities. Providing for my family is now my top priority. I needed to have livestock that gives milk for food and for sale to make an income. I also bought some chicken to ensure that will also contribute to income through the sale of eggs and even chicken themselves. I then bought foodstuffs that lasted for about a month and a half.
55000 KES ($536 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Among the many changes which we have seen after receiving the money from GiveDirectly, the biggest difference in my daily life is the purchase of a cow. This to us is a great solution to the many financial problems we have been facing. Apart from the source of milk for our domestic use, we also expect to be selling the surplus to at least earn us some income.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
At the moment of receiving our money from GiveDirectly, our happiness was unmeasurable, everyone woke up unusually earlier that day to witness the great blessing which had come to our household. After eagerly waiting for quite a length of time, the money finally came and it really changed the atmosphere in our household. This to us was a confirmation of God's faithfulness in answering prayers now that we have been praying for a long time and wishing that our prayers would be answered one day. We are really thankful to GiveDirectly for also keeping their promise and delivering exactly as they had promised.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
After receiving our first transfer, we sat with all my household members to lay down plans on the best way to spend. suggestions from every member were almost similar and ours as the heads of the household was to just create a priority list. We decided to spend the first patch of it in the construction of the chicken coop to enable us to improve our already existing poultry farming. Second in the list was to try and cut the cost of milk we have been buying for a long time. Working with the budget, we decided to spend 30000 KES on buying a good breed of a cow, barbed wire and woods which facilitated the fencing of the grazing area. Foodstuff also was on the list and after stocking enough maize, we decided to save some money to check any upcoming emergency.
access_time 10 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Building up savings from the money i usually spend buying milk for family consumption as well as getting a supplementary source of income upon selling milk is what this money means to me now that i will use my transfer to buy a dairy cow for milking. Adding more goats to the two i own is also part of my savings plan. Goats multiply at a faster rate thus they are worth rearing to be sold whenever financial crisis comes in anytime. I will then use the remaining part of my transfer to initiate poultry farming for my spouse so that it can act as our alternative source of income
What is the happiest part of your day?
My usual day as a mason entails working all day in the scorching sun whenever i am lucky to secure a job for the day. Evening reunion with my family is the happiest part of my day since spending time with my spouse and son motivates me daily to work tirelessly now that they fully depend on me to fulfill their needs.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Waking up each day without a clue on where to secure a job that will earn me some income at the end of the day has been the biggest challenge i face daily. I work as a mason and the remoteness of my area of work makes it a challenge securing work to do which keeps me worried day in day out given that i am the breadwinner of my family.