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50000 KES ($494 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent the whole of the last transfer to build my house since l was staying in shopping center where l was paying rent and this was very expensive. Now l can use the money that l was paying rent to do other development.
50000 KES ($481 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent most of my second transfer on purchasing a boat for my spouse who at first worked for others' at a commission which was too little to cater for the family's needs. We are now so happy that whatever is collected from the boat is fully ours. Secondly, I purchased building materials that I intended to use in construction of a new house to replace the small one we currently posses.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the joy I have found having bought my spouse a boat to facilitate his fishing activities in the lake, something that has greatly improved the family's living standards.
10000 KES ($97 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying a mattress 1500 KES and clothes for my children 1500 KES.I paid school fees for my child who is in nursery school 700 KES .I also bought 10 tins of maize 1300 KES and other household expenditures.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was seated in front of my house wish that my husband would make good money and come with food in the evening since on that day my children and I went without taking any meal due to lack of money , I was touched when my child came home with the hope of getting lunchtime food from school but unfortunately the hope didn't come true making him go to school empty stomach.Upon seeing my first bunch of money had been sent from GiveDirectly I was shocked and had mixed feeling, I immediately withdrew the money and bought food for my family's consumption.
access_time 1 year ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Having to pay rent and buy food for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I'm happiest in the morning because I wake up happy and excited about the new day.
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I'll be able to build a house, buy food and pay school fees for my children.