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53150 KES ($523 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I can say my life is better since I got the transfers. I have been able to buy some cattle and am now occupied or working as I look after them. I am grateful too since i will be able to start a business of my own and be able to take my childen to school with much ease as i also rebuild my house which is in really bad shape.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has really done well. It has empowered people in our village to be able to start businesses of their own and also to educate children. Personally i do not see anything they have done wrong.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I have not spent my transfer yet, thou i build to rebuild my house. It is built of soil, and it is about to fall. Rebuilding it will make it more presentable to look at and i will be happy. It will also be creating a safe place for my children to sleep in. I can then use the rest of the transfer in starting up a business of selling charchoal. this is one business that is really doing well in our market here in the village and once i get to start it, the proceedings from the business will enabe me to expand more on the same
55000 KES ($535 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that I am now relieved and full of joy knowing that the plans I have towards starting livestock farming will come true. I am so ambitious that once that picks, the livestock will be able to breed which in turn will be helping me in paying school fees for my children. In case there will be any surplus I also wish to open a shop and also build a house right from that livestock farming.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was really a great day for me and my family members, we were filled with joy and my children celebrated the receipt of the amount the whole of that day knowing that finally, their school fees will get paid and sending them home every other time by their teachers to collect school fees will come to an end. Our financial status had really been low and we have always considered our family to be one of the poorest families in our village but, after we received the transfer we now consider ourselves equal with the rest of the families and that has brought joy to date in our household.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have not spent my first transfer since livestock prices hiked by the time I received the transfers but, I have great plans for the same. I am planning to spend part of it establishing livestock farming where I will purchase dairy cows with the intention of starting a milk production business. We have for a long time
been without livestock in our farm and buying milk has been our norm which has been very expensive. I will also be starting a large scale charcoal business since this is the main source of fuel in our village and even in the nearby towns. This I will be selling in bulks and also break into small and affordable quantities to meet the villagers' needs. I have been having this idea in my mind for a long time only that I have never gotten any capital to start. I thank God for enabling GiveDirectly to send us this amount so that we may start our own businesses.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to start a grocery business,buy livestock for rearing and also build a spacious house for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up in good health. I normally feel energized to head out to my farm to work to get food to feed my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have faced has been inability to provide for my family's basic needs. Both my husband and I do not have reliable sources of income and as a result, providing food, decent shelter, seeking for good medication and paying school fees for our children has been very challenging.