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access_time 1 day ago
Salama received a $519 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials such as iron sheets, building poles, timber, and nails. This was for the construction of a new house because the previous one was in a hectic condition and almost falling. I then bought some chicken as the living assets that I can lean on just in case of any financial difficulties. The remaining amount I am using it in buying enough foodstuffs for my family and some other household needs."
access_time 5 days ago
Samwel received a $515 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying some livestock such as chicken and dairy cow. This will now be the living assets that I can depend on just in case of my financial difficulties. I also bought some clothes as I use to wore only same clothes almost on a daily basis. The remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuffs for my family and some other household items."
access_time 5 days ago
Maureen received a $515 initial payment.
"Upon receiving my first transfer from GiveDirectly, I spend a large portion of 35000 KES on buying a lactating cow and a calf, this was necessary to our household since we had been buying milk for such a long time and this was the only way we could stop it. I also bought ten chicken for rearing each 350 KES. I invested in poultry so that I would have some eggs for sale and have some money for buying other family necessities. Part of the remaining amount, I spend to buy two sacks of maize worth KES 7000, I also spend KES 5000 on ploughing a piece of land and buying some farm inputs and the rest I gave to my husband to boost his business in a food kiosk which he runs in a nearby shopping centre."
access_time 8 days ago
Lemuel received a $515 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying livestock. I bought a dairy cow and some chicken for rearing. This has been my long time desire but I could not afford it because of my low income. Before I use to spend a lot on buying milk and now having my own cow would enable me to cut daily expenditure. when chicken would lay eggs, I would sell to generate some income which I would in turn spent on buying other necessities. The remaining amount, I bought sufficient foodstuffs for my family and some clothes for myself and other family members."
access_time 10 days ago
Kitsao received a $514 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying a second-hand motorbike at KES 30000. I have been depending on the casual jobs for so many years and I was always paid on commission which was not enough for my family daily needs. I believe owning the motorbike will uplift my living standards. I then bought a piece of land at a total of KES 20000. I previously used to lease from my friends which were very expensive. I also bought some chicken as my living assets that I can depend on my just in case I have financial difficulties. The remaining amount of money, I used to buy some enough foodstuffs for my family."
access_time 18 days ago
Cherono received a $515 initial payment.
"We spent most of the first transfer on a 3000 liter water tank to help us harvest rain water. Our aim was to curb the water problem that we've had for a long time in our region which ultimately affected our day lives. We depended on a seasonal river that was five kilometers away and when it dried up, we would be forced to buy water at a very expensive price from the local water vendors. We also launched a small chicken project where we bought 12 local breed chicken that now provides us with eggs for domestic consumption and for sale. This now means that my family can have a change in diet and whenever I sell the eggs,I can raise money for dome of the household needs without having to depend on my husband. The rest of the money was spent on foodstuff and clothing."
access_time 19 days ago
Betty received a $515 initial payment.
"Since I received my first transfers from Give Directly, a lot has changed in my life. Before, I would travel for long distances to fetch water for use especially during dry season when a nearby stream dry up. This would mean that I would waste a lot of time to and from main river. At times when we needed drinking water I would spent up to 2 hours on the que to fetch water from the water point. After I got the transfers I spend part of it on buying water pipes and connect it to our doorstep. Now I safe a lot the energy and time which I would have spend collecting water from the river. Again, I had no cow in my compound as I had sold that which I had to pay school fees for my children. Now I am happy that I bought one, the happiest part about it is that the cow is almost calving and soon we shall have milk for use at home. Lastly, my kitchen is now so clean as I got a good poultry house which accommodate my chicken. Before my kitchen would house the chicken at night and in the morning I would have to clean before preparing breakfast for my children."
access_time 26 days ago
Martilda received a $518 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials such as building poles, iron sheets, sand, nails, cement, a wooden door. This was for the renovation of my house which was small with some old leaking roofing. and the remaining materials were for the construction of a special house for my chicken. Previously I used to stay with them in my own house which was not hygienic and the house was small and we were always suffocating. I also used KES 15000 as his labor charge. The remaining amount of money, I used it in buying some enough foodstuffs for my family."
access_time 27 days ago
Fikiri received a $521 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying new a solar panel at KES 20000. I then bought some livestock such as goats and chicken as the living assets that I can lean own in case of any financial difficulties. In addition, I bought some new clothes for my children because their previous ones had worn out. The remaining amount of money I bought sufficient foodstuffs for my family and some other household expenses."
access_time 1 month ago
Tergech received a $21 twenty-sixth payment.
"My new goal is to start keeping poultry. I intend to improve the poultry house that I have and adding chickens to rear. I will buy at least 10 hens. I am glad that this will add to my daily income. I will allow my chicken to hatch to great numbers. Later, I will be using some of the transfers from GiveDirectly for freed and also vaccines."