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Julius's family
Small business
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($521 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I feel encouraged and peaceful in my life especially on matters pertaining to paying school fees for my daughter. I am a person of value, no longer a village begger that would be called bad names but a good example that others wish to emulate. I feel happy when people talk of good chairs in my house and education of my daughter.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has brought hope and power in the lives of people. I learnt that people have needs but lack the means which is money. I saw people pay school fees for their children, buying mattresses, cultivating their lands and engaging in small scale businesses. This shows improved human dignity and self-worth. However, GD would have thought of adding more money to those who made good use of the transfers.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I have withdrawn the second transfer and spent on paying school fees for my daughter who is in secondary school. I never had an opportunity to pursue education and feels the pain of illiteracy which sometimes include abuse from other people. Education is the best inheritance I can give to her as I hope that knowledge is power and will enable her compete with others in job market. Education opens doors for better living and eventually she might assist me in the future. I used the remaining part to buy a sofa set. I lacked better seats in my house. I felt ashamed whenever visitors came to my house since I had to go begging for chairs from others. I now feel comfortable with visitors and this has earned me respect amongst my village members.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($540 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
The recipient was not asked any questions as part of this follow up.
access_time almost 6 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a good fortune to me and my family members. My family and I shall be able to spend it on farming to help boost food provision in my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up and discover that all my family members have equally woken up well. It is a great pleasure to see the favor of God in their life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face in my life is my inability to meet my medical bills as well as paying fees for my children. I currently do not have job hence unable to support my family.