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Tom
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
53
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($535 USD)
access_time 9 days ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that l am now sleeping on a very comfortable place as compared to before.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment l received the transfer l was very that l could not sleeping, l woke up very early to go and withdraw the money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent most of the transfer to pay dowry to my in laws, l am now very happy and proud because l am now sure she is my wife. I also spent the transfer to buy bed and mattress, l am now sleeping on a very comfortable place as compared to before when I was sleeping on a mart. The remaining balance l spent to buy furniture and l am now sitting on a very nice comfortable furniture as compared to before when l was using water container as a furniture.
 
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access_time 3 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a great change in my life because my wife abandoned me because I had no money to pay her dowrey I am therefore going to buy two cows and some little money and pay for her dowrey, the remaining cash on the first transfer I will use to improve my furniture. The second transfer from Givedirectly, I will use to hire land and plant vegetables that we would sell to get money to meet our needs, doing this will enable us buy a generator so that we become all season vegetable producers.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is usually in the evening after a long day of toiling in the farms weeding or cutting sugarcane to earn money that I use to buy food. Having something to eat cases great joy to me.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced was last year when my wife abandoned our home carrying away everything that we had bought together including beddings. She openly accused me before my immediate neighbors that I was not able to provide her needs and she would not come back unless I paid her dowrey.