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53150 KES ($522 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am very peaceful as I have an improved shelter. I am no longer worried when it rains or strong winds blow across as before. I feel so happy also because my children have got an opportunity to study in boarding school of quality education. I have hope in providing for my family's basic needs like food from the motorcycle operation business.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has liberated me from the bondage of poverty. I can nowadays make independent decisions and work on better plans of improving my living standards. The freedom to make a choice is truly important in fulfilling people's desires. I feel peaceful and satisfied with what GD has done.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I have withdrawn the second transfer and spent it on purchase of a new motorcycle. This has become my source of self-employment that I have full control over. Unlike the previous case where I used to hire other people's motorcycles and get paid on commission basis, nowadays I take the whole income home. This has enabled me to send my children to a boarding school where they have really improved on their academic performance. I have also spent the remaining part of the transfer to buy a solar lighting system. My children nowadays have enough light to study and do their homework. Solar light is also very safe and cost effective compared to tin lamps that would sometimes go off due to lack of paraffin.
55000 KES ($544 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
In my life, I have always struggled to make ends meet. Feeding my family, educating my children and even building a good house where we can stay but when Give Directly came to my life, life has been very easy for me. We are very happy in my family.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt very happy because I have never rceived such amount of money in my life ever since I was born.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my transfer on buying cement, iron sheets, steel doors and windows, sofa set and food for the family.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that my lifestyle will change since I shall have capital start up my own business. From the business, I shall be able to earn extra income which will help me support my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when I have managed to earn some little cash from motorcycle riding, and I am sure to provide meals for my family members.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face in life is my inability to provide for my family members. I do not have a reliable source of income since I depend on unpredictable casual labour.