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Damaris
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
27
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($484 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
I used a larger portion of the transfer to built an iron roofed house. Bought 2 cows and 4 sheep. I also paid my son in secondary school fee.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that I now own a nice house which I couldn't have managed to establish without any other support.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
What GD does well is that it reduces poverty level in different communities. At the moment I'm not aware of what GD doesn't do well.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($485 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
My second transfer really helped me a lot; it helped me clear school fees arrears for my 2 children in a secondary school and even cleared the whole upcoming year fees. I feel relieved now and I thank Give Directly for this.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that we live in a better house now. It is more spacious and properly ventilated as opposed to the former one we had before. Besides this, I am glad that the stress of raising school fees for my children in a secondary school has also plummeted.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($96 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on secondary school fee (9,000 KES) for my child as well as land preparation (1,000 KES).
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment when I received my money, I was just going back home from the market, my heart started beating with a lot of excitement , but when I got over this, I made a call to my husband who was away at the time, to come back home so that we could agree together on our final plans.
 
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access_time over 2 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
We plan to use our transfer on paying school fees for our child in form one, build a new house and use the remaining amount to start a poultry business.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement we're proudest of was when we saved money from rice farming and bought three cows.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in our lives currently is on paying school fees for our child in form one who should be joining form two come next year.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is normally in the morning when I'm at my place of business trying to make sells while interacting with my customers.