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Zawadi
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
33
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 4 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is totally different than how it would have been becasue, the money, empowered me to own a beautiful spacious house. Initially, I used to shelter in a very small poor condition house which I was even scared someday it might collapse. Therefore after receiving the money, I had to sort this issue first since it has really been frustrating me. To add to that, I now sleep comfortably in a bid wooden bed, this is to replace the old beddings that I have been using for years. Lately paying school fees for my children has made my life so easy because io a longer strain than before since I cleared all the areas.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does everything so perfectly well becasue I can attest to it the most genuine organization in the world. This is becasue they delivered what they promise. In the enrolment period, every beneficiary was informed that he or she will receive a total of KES 110000 and that we all recived it. Also, the money came perfectly at the right time as promised. I do not see any part GiveDirectly failed us
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my second transfer on buying some building a few building materials such as timber, iron sheets, and nails. I purchased all these intending to finish my house becasue the previous one was a temporary hut which was very small. Also, I cleared school fees arrears for my kids who are still in primary school. I, later on, bought two beds and mattresses to replace the old sacs that we have been using as beddings. To add to that, with the remaining amount I bought enough foodstuffs and decent clothes for my children,
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($502 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 9 AM when I was sitting under having fun with my family then my phone started ringing. Without wasting time I decided to check who it could be. Only to realize it was an Mpesa message from Give Directly, I felt so happy and shared the good news with my family as well so that we could extend the celebrations.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest in my daily life is that I now sleep under a decent shelter. Before GiveDirectly came into my life I used to own a very small house and its condition was not pleasing at all. The walls were weak and almost falling even at times I thought they may collapse while I am inside together with my children. Also during the rainy seasons, my children could be attacked with pneumonia and this was so frustrating. It reached a point whereby I was hopeless in life since I felt the world was against me. I am grateful to GiveDirectly because it restored the happiness that I was lacking for all years. I will forever be grateful for that.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials such as iron sheets, building poles, thread, nails, and timber. I purchased all these with an aim of constructing a new house since the recent one was in poor condition and very small. I later used KES 10000 of the money on paying the masson as his labor charge. In addition to that, I bought some new school uniforms for my children and cleared their fees as well. With the amount of money that had remained, I bought enough foodstuffs for my family.
 
Enrolled
access_time 6 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I'm planning to use 400 dollars from this donation to construct a two bedroom descent and spacious house for my family. This will guarantee my children an enough sleeping space instead of sleeping at their grandmother's house. I'm also planning to buy three indeginous dairy cows at a cost of 450 dollars for milk production both for domestic use and for sale. This will in turn boost my family's nutritional requirements and at the same time getting money to attend to my family's financial obligations.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening. I get home from my farm in the evening, prepare supper for my children and take a rest.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is food insecurity. At times I lack money to buy food for my family. Sometimes we spend the whole day without taking anything.