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53150 KES ($523 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is now different in that I now own a house, I own livestock, and my children can now stay in school. My children would be chased away from school and stay home even for 3 weeks, but that will not happen now as I have paid their school fees for the whole year and they can now stay in school. My life is now very different.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give Directly has enabled me and the people in my village to improve our lives, and to move from low points where we lived a life of struggles, to a good point where we can live better lives and in better houses; and also be able to sustain our families. That is a good thing that Give Directly has done to me and the people in my village. I have not seen anything wrong that Give Directly has done so far.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to pay for school fees, to buy a goat, and to complete building a house that I had begun building using my first transfers. I bought a goat so that it can procreate in future and generate for me wealth, and also as a means to sustain my income, as my children are still in school and they still require school fees. I built a house because my house was in bad condition and it was so close to falling down. My husband has no income to sustain us, and I used to dig trenches for 2500 KES monthly. We had no means to acquire a better house.
55000 KES ($541 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now own a house which was never the case before. I used to sleep in a house which was in a very bad condition but with the money, I was able to build a new and stable house. Thanks to GiveDirectly.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was happy and joyfully on receiving the notification of money from GiveDirectly because I was entangled into so much trouble that I never knew that there would be a way out someday. I felt grateful in my heart that a new beginning was here at last.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of my first transfer on purchasing iron sheets and other building materials. I had previously purposed to build but due to lack of money, I couldn't. The old house I was living in was in a bad state and nearly collapsed and I was constantly affected by rains since it would leak and wet everything inside and I could not afford to have a good sleep at all. I thank GiveDirectly for the support which I received at the very time I was in dire need of a new house. I also spent some amount to buy goats to keep as assets which I am hoping to sell in the near future once they reproduce and multiply in number. This will enable me to support my children's education as they progress. The rest I used to shop for my family and bought enough food since their was also shortage of food for the whole family, due to my low income from casual jobs.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to buy building materials such as iron sheets, timber and pay labour to build my family a spacious house. The current one is too small and as a result, my children are forced to go and spend the night at their uncle's place. I will also pay for their school fees and buy a few livestock for rearing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon just after taking our lunch. We normally sit outside under a shade and share stories and jokes amongst ourselves and this makes us to laugh a lot.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am facing is poor health.Ever since I delivered my last child around one year ago, I have been experiencing constant bleeding and weakness whenever I engage in any heavy duty work like farming.This is a big barrier in my life because,farming is the only means of getting income that I know of.