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53150 KES ($515 USD)
access_time 17 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfer in that, I have been able to improve my livelihood and paid my children school fees. I would not have managed to get money to buy a new set of utensils, neither would it have been easy to pay my children school fees. All this was made possible thanks to GD's support which has really transformed my life.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has really improved the living standards of my community members. To be precise it has given my community hope and a reason to live again. Most people were deep in poverty and life had lost meaning to them but hurray, GD's became our savior and consoler in the time we needed them the most.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
When I received my second transfer, I bought a new set of utensils for my household. The ones I had were now old and no longer presentable to be used for service. I also paid school fees for my children and the remaining clothes I bought each and every household member new clothes to enable them to look neatly dressed while out there in the general public.
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
access_time 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to buy some bags of cement so that I can use in plastering my house. I will use the remaining amount on starting a small business of shopkeeping.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I go to my farm to plough sugarcane. This makes me happy as the farm suppliments my salary.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face in my life is that my income is very low because I am working as a support staff in a local school and this cannot enable me to provide food on a daily basis for my family.