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53150 KES ($515 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Having my own semi-permanent house has made my life to be very different. This is because previously, I used to shelter in a small hut that was leaking during the raining seasons. We used to seek shelter from my relatives which so stressful. I have never enjoyed my marriage life because of the condition of my house. Secondly, the ox that I bought, will be of great help to me in my farming activities, I will no longer have to hire from friends as I used to do. Also, I will be hiring them from friends at a fee whereby will be earning a living. If it were not for GD coming to my life I don't think if I would be owning all these.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, there is no sector that GiveDirecty failed us. All they did to us was very okay. The fact that I was given the freedom to choose what I have been wishing to purchase was the best part that I liked. Secondly, no one asked me to pay any money for the enrolment, it was free and fair. Thirdly the fact that money was sent direct to my account and there were rare cases of theft since it was not easy to know I had received the money.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of my second transfer on paying tuition fees for my children who are in college and secondary school at a total of KES 27000. I also bought some nails and some building poles at KES 4700 to finish building my house which I had initially started constructing with the first transfer. I then bought some new school uniforms for my children because the previous ones were old and torn and they cost KES 1000. I then cleared some hospital bills for my children who have been hospitalized for KES 1000. The remaining amount of money, I bought some sufficient foodstuffs for my family.
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Having cleared school fees for my children has really transformed my life. Previously, my children used to be sent home every now and then to collect school fees and because of the poverty life, they could stay home even for weeks. Since I was the breadwinner, the little money I was earning was too little, even sometimes they could go a day without taking any meal. But I didn't lose hope since I am illiterate I had always wished to see my children getting a better education together with their generations. I am so grateful because GiveDirectly has made everything to be possible. My children are now studying without any disturbances and this is giving me hope as their parent. Above all I am so thankful to GiveDirectly for coming into my village and being among the beneficiaries, this organization has made my life to be so promising.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 5 am when I heard my phone ringing so loudly. I then decided to wake up my son to confirm who might have sent the message in that early morning. After confirming, he realized it was an mpesa message from GiveDirectly. Upon hearing that, I coolant hold my joy. I just wish you could see how happy I was.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying an ox. Initially, I used to own one, and it could not work own it's own, they had to be two. I used to hire the other ox from a friend and it was relatively expensive. I am now a happy farmer because it's now a complete pair. I will no longer strain whenever I want to prepare my farm. I later bought some iron sheets and timber to renovate my house. It has a leaking roof, which was giving me sleepless nights when it rains. I then cleared the huge school fees balances for my children, to avoid the disruptions. Sometimes they could stay home for weeks because of the huge fees arrears. The remaining amount of money I bought some new clothes for my children and enough foodstuffs.
access_time 8 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means independence. With my transfers, I will build another house and move out of my co-wife's house with whom I sought shelter after my previous house collapsed. By doing this, I will regain my freedom, voice and be able to run my own home the way I feel best.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My day starts at 6am when I go to the farm since its now rainy season up to about 10am when I have my bowl of porridge as breakfast and set out to the nearby bushes to cut trees and trunks for burning charcoal. At around 4 pm I go back home to rest making it the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is lack of finances to build my own house. After my previous one collapsed and my husband died, I had to seek shelter in my co-wife's house. With a meagre earning of 250 shillings a day, my dream has been far fetched because I also have other needs to meet such as education for my 5 children.