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Carren's family
Small business
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?
I spent most of my transfer to to buy sand and cement which I have used to renovate my house from mud to plastered. I paid laborers who were building my house and also bought food for my laborers.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that, I now live in a bigger house as compared to the one I was living in before and it is also plastered. I no longer have to worry about rains because my new house is not leaking. Thank you GD.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
in my opinion, GiveDirectly did well in sending us money directly and through Mpesa which is more convenient and safe. I have not seen anything they did not do well.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time almost 7 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to buy 10 pieces of roofing iron sheet for 6300 KES, 21000 KES i spent to buy building timber , 6000 KES i spent to buy nails, 5000 KES i spent to buy steel door, 8500 KES i spent to buy building sand and 3000 KES i spent to pay labor chargers
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is the better house i stay in now
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time 7 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the token transfer on paying school fees for my child in secondary school.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to construct a new house as my current house is old and quite small.
access_time 7 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on college fees for my son who completed high school last year and is due to join university this September. My roof is also old and leaking, and so I am planning to buy some iron sheets and pay for labour to renovate the roof.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is paying school fees for two of my children up to high school with the money I get from my small business of selling kales and tomatoes by the roadside.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is struggling to pay school fees for more than one child at a time. This is really burdensome, and the situation is making it very difficult for me to save any money.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when I have sourced vegetables and tomatoes from suppliers, and I am getting ready to start selling to my customers, who are my fellow villagers, mainly.