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Olivia's family
Olivia
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
30
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($483 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent most of my third transfer on enrolling my son into secondary school, I bought school uniforms and paid his school fees. I also bought seats because I had only 3 plastic chairs initially.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different having received the transfer because it has enabled my family to have a new spacious and stable house .It also saved us the stress of raising school fees for our son who was joining secondary school.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Givedirectly has done well in following through with their promises, I do not know of anything the haven't done well.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the second transfer on buying 15 pieces of iron sheets 11,250KES ,water for construction 500KES, water tank(210) 1,800KES, timbers 8,400 KES, fascia boards 3,250 KES, nails 2,000KES,clay soil 6000KES,steel door 8,750KES .I paid worker 6800KES and the rest of the money I bought food for my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in your daily life is that I have a three roomed house that can fit my family and I unlike before.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my transfer on a solar KES 5000, a blanket KES 2300, African print material KES 1000 and shoes for my children KES 1590.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to expand my house and build a kitchen with my upcoming lump-sum payment.
 
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access_time over 6 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
We plan to spend the transfer to expand the size of our house to accommodate our family. We also plan to spend the transfer to buy a water tank which we will use to harvest rainwater for use during drought.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
Our proudest achievement is that we have managed to build iron roofed house. In the past, we used to stay in a grass thatched house because we couldn't afford to buy iron sheets. We worked hard and saved money which we used to construct the new house.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that we have faced in life is that we don't have a stable source of income which we can use to support our family. We solely depend on subsistence farming which is not reliable.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when am in the farm weeding my crops. I always feel happy because it is a source of income to my family.