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Emanwel's family
Emanwel
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
House construction
faceAge:
33
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($531 USD)
access_time almost 3 years ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that I managed to plant two hectares of sugarcane. Sugarcane is the main cash crop in this region since we have industries around that provide for ready market. Sugarcane is also a form of investment that is more sustainable as it is harvested more than once. I feel secured for the future in that when I harvest and get paid, I shall be able make my dream of building a permanent house come true, pay school fees for my children with ease, buy a cow that will provide me with milk, and also buy food for may children. Thanks for GiveDirectly transfers at least I have some hope for the future.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has changed the stories of many people in this community, from shame to fame. People have built houses that have improved on their security. They do harvest and store rain water which they initially budgeted for. Many also bought food, clothes, mattresses, solar lighting system, paid school fees for their children and settled medical bill bills. We feel happy and life is worth living. Thanks for GiveDirectly transfers that came at the time of most needs.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the transfer on buying bricks and gravel that I intend to use in construction of a permanent house. I live in a mud walled house that is very weak and dangerously tilted which I fear that could fall on me anytime. Permanent house does not require much repairs once completed. It also looks smart with improved sanitation as there will be no more dust related ailments like the respiratory track infections diseases. The money that I could be using on treatments on respiratory infections could be saved and instead diverted to buy food for my family.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time 3 years ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have gotten some ease in buying the building materials and I do not have to struggle so much to get this.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received money from GiveDirectly, I was so happy because I never thought it could be true until I saw the message.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying building materials that I am planning to use to build a new better house as the one I have now is not so descent.
 
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access_time over 3 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to improve my house. I plan to buy burned bricks, sand and cement to plaster the walls and floor to my current house that is made of mud.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I return home from work. Seeing my wife and children waiting for me at home and sharing a meal with them makes me very happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have faced was not being able to raise hospital fees amounting to ksh. 76,000 to facilitate the operation and release of my wife from hospital. She had a complicated delivery and at that time i didn't have any source of income.As a result, I was forced to sell all my property in order to raise the money and ever since then, i have not managed to recover financially.