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50000 KES ($497 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent part of my third transfer on constructing a fishing boat that I'm using for fishing. Being that previously I used to hire a fishing boat, I felt I was running at a loss and that's why I decided to own mine. I'm now happy my income has improved hence my living standard too has improved. Part of the money I used to buy a cow for rearing because I have never owned a cow. I felt it was about time I own one because it's a form of investment in that after it has given birth I'll have both additional cow and milk too.
50000 KES ($484 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on building an iron roofed house at 26,110 KES, used 11,280 KES to repair my motorcycle and bicycle, bought a mattress at 4,500 KES, five chickens at 1,500 KES, fishing net at 4,000 KES, then used the rest of the cash on little house items.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now have my own house hence freely making my own decisions, unlike before when I used to stay in my brother's house. I also don't relay on other people's fishing nets as before because I have my own fishing net I get enough fish then do the fish supply with my repaired motorcycle hence good income. I no longer buy water from the water vendors anymore because I have a bicycle that we use to get water from the source free of charge. A BIG THANK YOU to GiveDirectly.
10000 KES ($97 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the transfer on buying 10 bags of seedlings 5000 KES, paid for farming labor 4000 KES and used 1000 KES on daily meals.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment when i received the transfer i was really happy for in our familly being fishermen we did not have good income because of the long drought but the money enabled us buy the things we needed urgently.
access_time almost 5 years ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is the severe drought currently facing my village,because for one,I am a fisherman and now I can't get the fish in the lake.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is anytime of the day because I am a beneficiary of Give directly unconditional cash transfers. This transfer will improve my life big time.
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am happy to receive the unconditional cash transfer from Give directly because it will change my life. I will be able to open up a small business in my village and the life of my family will improve. From the income I will generate,I will be able to save some money to build my own house.