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Mary's family
Small business
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($484 USD)
access_time almost 7 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent my third transfer on building a 2 roomed house (47,000 KES) since my old house used to be very small and was always a worry to me.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($484 USD)
access_time 7 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
When I received my second transfer, I built a semi-permanent house of 30 iron sheets that has curbed me from rain. My former house had dented roof since it had turned old and this could always inconvenience us-interrupts our sleep during rainy seasons and even make us succumb to cold.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Before I started receiving transfers from Give Directly, I was terribly rained on. My household members could succumb to frequent illnesses related to cold. The house was very leaky but when I received the money and built a better one, I realized that things changed; no heavy down pour penetrates my roof and again we sleep warmly and more comfortably with less cases of disease outbreaks.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($97 USD)
access_time over 7 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on purchasing a water tank to store larger amounts of water during rainny seasons, bought enough food for the family consumption and used most of the amount on paying fee arreas for my son who is in high school.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer I felt very happy because I knew that finally I will be able to purchase a water tank that I had admired for a very long time and even food since sometimes I could go hungry due to lack of money.
access_time over 7 years ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Being a widow,i have had challenges in paying school fee and feeding my nine children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am always happy when chatting with all my children at night after the day's activities.
What does receiving this money mean to you?
This transfer means a lot to me because it will help me clear fee for my children and repair my leaking house.