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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the upcoming year and beyond, my plan is to buy more livestock, particularly goats and chickens. This endeavour was somewhat challenging in recent times due to a severe drought that afflicted our region. As a result, a significant portion of my financial resources had to be allocated exclusively to securing food. However, I'm delighted that my household now enjoys an ample food supply following a successful harvest, which has given me the confidence to invest in additional goats. To facilitate my goal of acquiring more livestock, I've joined a merry-go-round savings group, where I contribute $10 every month. My objective is to use these savings to purchase the goats when it's my turn to receive the funds. Currently, I'm the proud owner of two goats and a small flock of chickens. These are the only assets I can proudly claim in my old age, and they serve as a form of financial security for my future needs.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent a significant portion of my recent financial transfers on purchasing essential food items, including maize flour and various cereals. This year has presented significant financial challenges for me, particularly in terms of affording basic necessities like food. Consequently, the majority of my funds were dedicated to securing an adequate food supply, and this allocation has been crucial in sustaining me during these trying times. I am immensely thankful for the invaluable assistance provided by GiveDirectly, as I can hardly imagine how I would have managed without their support. Thanks to their monthly aid, my family has been consistently well-fed. Additionally, I used a portion of the funds to acquire a goat, which cost $45. I am currently raising this goat along with other livestock, such as chickens. I am proud to say that I now own two goats, and my objective is to nurture them and allow them to multiply. When the need arises, I plan to sell their offspring to meet financial obligations. Furthermore, I have been actively saving $10 each month through our local merry-go-round savings group for several months. My aim is to use these savings to purchase more goats when my turn to receive my share arrives. I also spent $20 on medical expenses after a recent illness. This financial flexibility allowed me to receive the necessary medical treatment and recover comfortably.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES
access_time 6 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I plan to buy and keep more goats in the coming year and beyond because they are a reliable investment. It has always been my dream to own goats, which is a significant investment for me given that I am elderly and do not have assets on which to fall back in the event of a financial emergency. I currently have two goats that I obtained through the program. I've also joined a merry-go-round, where I save $10 every month, and my main goal is to use the money to buy more goats. I don't have a reliable source of income, and my age prevents me from doing casual or manual labor that requires a lot of physical strength. My brother, who occasionally helps me, also has a large family to care for. Thus, owning the goats will protect me from any financial crisis that may arise.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have been saving at least $10 per month in our merry-go-round group of five people. My plan was to use the money when it was my turn to buy and keep more goats. I had none at first because I couldn't afford to buy them on my own. So far, my monthly savings have allowed me to purchase two goats. I'm glad I have some assets to fall back on in the event of a financial emergency. My expectation is to let them multiply and increase in number. Aside from the goats, I used the money to buy foods like maize flour and cereals, which cost $14 over the last few months. My family had enough food, so they never went to bed hungry. We could now afford three meals a day, as opposed to when I had to skip some meals due to a lack of funds.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Getting all the materials I need to set up my house is my main priority for the rest of this year and the future. I intend to buy 14 pieces of iron sheets, pieces of wood, nails, sand cement, and building stones with the savings I have at the end of the year. These supplies will enable me to construct a sturdy, roomy home for myself. In addition, I intend to invest in livestock and start a business related to it now that the farm is no longer productive due to the difficult economic times.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I bought food for my family with a sizable portion of my January transfer. I sell charcoal as a part-time laborer and am a widow. The little money I make from the charcoal sales causes me a lot of difficulty in making ends meet. As a result, I spent $20 on food purchases that were sufficient to feed us for roughly two weeks. I also spent $4 on medication. The money from the transfer was crucial in enabling me to purchase the medication that helped me recover from a severe cold. And finally, I put $10 into my savings group. I put the money away with the idea of saving enough and constructing a house with it. I do not own a home of my own because I currently reside in my younger brother's home while he is away. It will be a major accomplishment for me to build my own home.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I am really appreciative of Give Directly's unconditional transfers. The transfers will go a long way toward assisting me in getting back on my feet and establishing a reliable revenue stream. As a result, I will make a complete turn in my life and escape the clutches of poverty.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My sole source of income three years ago was agriculture, which I relied significantly on. When the drought first appeared, it compelled me to burn down woods and sell charcoal. I'm now jobless and have a much less source of income due to the lack of rain. The money made from the sale of charcoal is not much, just enough to cover a day's worth of food. My son (Charo) has occasionally worked on odd jobs in Mombasa city (selling water and snacks) to aid me with my financial need. So when I got the second transfer, I made a special effort to purchase six chickens at a cost of $5 each. By investing money in chickens, I will soon have a solid alternative source of income. The number of chicks doubles over the next three months. I want to sell some and spend the money on valuable animals like goats.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES
access_time over 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the mobile money alert on my phone while I was cleaning utensils at my son’s place in Mombasa.  To say I was excited would be an understatement. There are no words to explain how grateful I am to Give Directly for the cash transfer.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Before the cash transfer, my dream was to own poultry and livestock as an investment. When these animals reproduce, I could sell them to earn money for my household’s needs. However, I did not have enough money to start this venture. The transfer presented an ideal source of funds to buy my first chickens. I am now in a position to buy two chickens from the first transfer and I could not be happier.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I received the cash transfer when I had gone to visit my son in Mombasa where he works as a hawker. By that time, the household had run out of food and he had not earned enough money to replenish the same. Therefore, I used KES 500 to buy maize flour to last a couple of days as he raised funds to restock food for the household. I saved the rest of the money. My plan is to buy at least two chickens when I return to the village next month. This is something I had wished to accomplish for a long time but financial constraints barred me. I believe when the chickens breed and grow the flock, I will sell them in the future to generate money for my needs.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Physical jobs like preparing and selling charcoal are really wearing me up. At this age I feel I need an alternative source of income to save me from tasking jobs. This money has come as a blessing since I plan to invest in livestock farming. My target is goats and chicken rearing. One young goat goes for 2,000 KES while one chicken goes for 300 KES. I will be increasing the number every month till I get a good number that I can sell to finance my needs. I will be taking care of them myself since the job is less tasking. A budget of 500 KES per month for buying food is also in my plan.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My daughter visited me and bought me some clothes in January. This brought a happiness to my life. I really needed some clothes. As a parent, it feels good when my children visit me.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest challenge is getting food. Most of the times I depend on my relatives to get food. This is because I am becoming less and less productive as I age. I came back from my matrimonial home seven years ago after my husband passed on. Life has been very tough because I left everything behind. I left after having some misunderstanding with my in-laws. I have also not had the financial ability to build a house. I seek shelter from my relatives.