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53150 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 4 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different than how it would have been if I never received the transfers in that I have build a better and spacious house for my children. They used to live in a small grass thatched house which was leaking from inside. The house was very old and could fall down anytime. I do small business but the amount of money that I get through this is so small and cannot meet all the basic needs of the family including paying school fees for my children. I didn't had extra money to buy building materials to build a better house for them. This was always my wish to build them a better house where they can sleep well and do their homework. When I received the second transfer I found it wise to fulfill this. Currently they have a spacious house where they can do there homework and study without any problems. I am so grateful for the support because GiveDirectly has enabled us to live a better life than before.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly does well by giving money to the poor in the community to build better houses and to buy dairy cows. I do not find anything that GiveDirectly did not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spend part of the money I received from GiveDirectly to build a better house for my children. They used to live in a small grass thatched house which was very old. I found it Worth to build a better house for them to be comfortable. I also spend part of the money to buy a heifer. This will enable me to cut the cost of buying milk daily which is so expensive. The rest of the money I bought clothes and food for the family.
55000 KES ($494 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was early in the morning and we were still asleep when I heard an SMS notification on my phone. I checked it and I could not believe what I was seeing. The message was saying that I had received my first transfer of 55000/= from GiveDirectly. I was so happy and I immediately informed my wife of the good news. She was so happy too and we woke up to celebrate with our children. We said thank you to God and GiveDirectly because we knew we were going to fulfill what we have always wanted to do.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The transfer from GiveDirectly has brought a big difference in my life and that of my family. We have been able to construct a sleeping house for our boys. This is what we have always wanted to do but due to lack of enough money, we were not in a position to construct it. The boys will hence have a good place to sleep and they will no longer have to move around looking for a place to spend the night. Things have been tough during this Covid-19 period and I did not have money to pay for my child’s school fee who is in college. The money from GiveDirectly helped me because I was able to pay it with part of the transfer. I hence no longer have to worry about where I will get the money to clear the college fee and that of constructing the house for my boys. With the three bags of maize that I bought, my family will have something to eat for quite some time and hence I will no worry about that. Thank you GiveDirectly for making this possible.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The money from GiveDirectly has helped me a lot in a way that I have never imagined. I used part of it to pay for school fees for my child who is in college. Life has been tough ever since Coronavirus struck our country, getting money has not been easy that is why I was unable to raise the fees for my child when colleges resumed. This money also helped in constructing a house for my boys. They did not have a place to sleep and I have always wanted to construct one for them. I have however not been able to because I have been struggling with the payment of school fees for my children. I had quite a number of them in college. So when I received the transfer from GiveDirectly, I saw an opportunity for me to do what I have always wanted to do. For the remaining part of the transfer, I used in buying three bags of maize for consumption and some clothes for my children to wear.
access_time 9 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to buy one exotic dairy cattle for 200USD to supplement my family of eight members with dairy products. I also intend to use large portion of the transfer to offset fees arrears for my five kids who are still schooling.. I will also consider paying the school fee for the next one academic year so as to cushion myself from the stress of seeing them chased out of school because of fees arrears.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My usual day starts in the morning when I take my breakfast then head out to graze my cattle. As my cattle graze, I stay in the company of my fellow herders and it is at this time that I am happy since I get time to crack old time stories with them.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have three cattle in my possession two of which are for my neighbour. I borrowed them in order to supplement my family with milk since I had to sale the ones I had to cater for the school fees of my children. I have a grassland that I normally wish my cattle should be grazing on but I pray that one day I will have a herd of cattle to graze on this field. This is the biggest hardship I have ever experienced.