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Martin's family
Casual labour
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($527 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I used to live in a grass thatched house which leaked during rainy seasons so we would cover our bed with polythene until the rain stops. Had it not been for GiveDirectly's transfers, I would not be having the house I live in at the moment because my source of income was very low that I could not have saved enough to build an iron-roofed house. I have also saved some money which I am planning to use startup rice farming which will generate for me more money.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, Give directly does well in enhancing straightforwardness and honesty. As a matter of fact, GD staff do not ask for a bribe or a token of appreciation in order to enrol one into its program unlike other the government programs which practices favouritism.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on buying windows and a steel door to fix in my house which I had started building but was not completed because I ran out of cash. I was not comfortable living in a house with no windows and a door because I was worried about the dangers I was exposed to especially at night when it was cold. I saved the rest of the second transfer with an intention of investing it in rice farming which would earn me more money in future.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($535 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the pride and happiness I have for having constructed a decent house of my dream that I didn't know I would own any time soon because of the low income that I had. I can now sleep peacefully whenever it rains without waking up my family to shelter in a corner so that they are not rained on.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was 5:00 am when I had a message notification on my phone and when I checked, it was a message from GiveDirectly. I felt so happy, shared the news with the spouse, and she was happy too and the only word she uttered was "all I need is a good house, kindly plan on how to construct it".
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I bought building materials (irons sheets, timber, nails, steel windows, and doors) which I have already used to construct a new house because the previous house was a leaking grass thatch that could inconvenience us, especially during the rainy season because all the households could be destroyed by the rain. At night, I had to wake up my family to squeeze in a corner so that we could not be rained on but this is not the case anymore because GD came to my rescue and I have already constructed a new decent house.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to build a better house as I will buy iron sheets and sand. The remaining amount will be spent on buying maize seeds that I will plant on my farm.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I go out and I secure a casual job of ploughing a farm. This makes me happy as at the end of the day I am able to provide food for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face in my life is that I do not have a stable source of income hence at times I am not able to provide food for my family.