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53150 KES ($523 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Since I received money from GD my life has changed because I can manage to get all my meals daily which in the past was unheard of. I also have a big house which is comfortable as compared to the one I was formerly living in. I also have a dairy cow which provides me with milk for consumption and for sale.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give Directly has uplifted us from poverty and our lives are greatly transformed since we started receiving our transfers. May God bless GD abundantly as they continue helping the poor allover the world.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my transfer to revive my sugarcane farm which was left fallow for two years because I did not have enough money to maintain it due to lack of a stable source of income. I also bought a dairy cow with part of my transfers which provides my household with some milk for consumption and sell the rest to earn money which enables us to meet our daily needs. I bought 2 sacks of maize which my family will consume during the long drought between January to April, this will help us enhance food security in my household so that avoid going to bed on empty stomach due to lack of food in the market.
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
With this money, I am able to renovate my house which means that my family will live in a better place. I have also taken a break from casual jobs which was really takin a toll on my health. My wife will also enlarge her business which means that our household income will be doubled.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I am a man of God and I believe that this was all God's blessing, so the moment I received the message, I knelt and thanked Him for bringing such a miracle my way.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used part of the money to purchase building materials such as iron sheets, timber and nails that I plan to use to enlarge my current house which is very tiny. I am still planning on the best way to spend the remaining amount.
access_time 9 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to pay school fees for my two sons who are in secondary school and another one who is in Maseno university. I will spend the rest of the money on ploughing my farm so that I can plant some sugarcane.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I go out to do casual work which entails ploughing people's sugarcane farms. This makes me happy because I am able to support my family with the cash that I get at the end of the day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face in my life is that my income very low and I have three children who are in school and at times they are not able to do their exams due to lack of fees.