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Thomas's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($530 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has had a change because my kids now go to school without so much hustles. I am also capable of rearing my livestock because I recently added around two cows which I bought using the transfers.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I believe that GD changes peoples lives because for those who have heavy school fees burden they are able to sort them out on the spot. Those who do not have houses are able to build a new structure where they can stay in with their families.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used the money to pay school fees for my children because their needs were very urgent and I had to sort it out on the spot. I also used part of the money to boost my spouses business. She normally sells groceries within the locality for the last few years, so this time I thought it wise to boost her business.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($540 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I now feel free because the biggest problem of my life has been solved, I now have a better house.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I saw the text, all I could do was to kneel down and thank The Almighty God for bringing me such a miracle.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used my first transfer to purchase building materials such as iron sheets, nails and timber, that I am currently using to construct a new house because the previous one I had was very tiny and old.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money makes me so happy. I will use it to pay school fees for my three children who are in secondary school. This will limit the number of times they are sent home due to lack of fees.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I am resting with my family having dinner and talking about the days events.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is lack of a stable job to provide me with a steady income. I do casual jobs and the pay is never guaranteed. The money I get is so little that it cannot cater for my family's needs like paying school fees, feeding and even clothing.