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Hellen's family
Casual labour
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($469 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
When I received my third transfer, I built a semi-permanent house of 15 iron sheets for my children. I was afraid that walking far distance to look for a place to sleep at night was very risky for their lives; they could easily succumb to poor behaviors and activities such as early sexual intercourse, theft and drug abuse.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have managed to construct a better house, one for myself and another one for my children. I have increased my wealth too since I acquired some livestock- 2 goats and this is how my life is different than it would have been if I never received transfers from Give Directly.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my own opinion, what Give Directly does well is sending us money directly, however, I would urge them to widen their geographical coverage to help more people. I believe that the poorest are still out there and they deserve help.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($481 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent second transfer on building a decent three roomed house since the house I was staying in was small and leaky.I have also bought school uniform for all my children.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that I am now staying in a decent three roomed house hence I feel safe and comfortable in it unlike before when I used to stay in a small and leaky house.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($98 USD)
access_time almost 7 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying bedding, a mattress,paid school fees and used the remaining money on food.I spent more than half of my transfer on buying a mattress and bedding because the mattress i had was too thin and used to give me back aches, i also had a light sheet for a bedding and i would suffer from cold related ailments often.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to spend my upcoming transfer on building a house because what i live in at he moment is just a makeshift structure in form of a house that can be blown away or destroyed by very strong winds at any moment.
access_time 7 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer to buy new iron sheets so that I can replace the ones that are old and leaking from my roof.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is the fact that most of the time I am able to put food on the table for my children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing in my life is the fact that I have a chest condition which needs medical attention, but I don't have the money ready.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is around midday when I am eating my lunch.