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53150 KES ($524 USD)
access_time 5 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
For me, I had always dreamt of getting a new house but the dream remained to be just that because I did not have the finances required to build the house. I want to thank Give Directly for this noble act because if it were not for the cash transfers, then I would not have built the house to date.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I believe that the organization came up with a good plan of helping the members of the community get out of the poverty level where they used to be before. There are a lot of people who invested in agriculture while others like myself built new houses which is what they wanted the most.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used the money on buying new building materials such as timber, sand, iron sheets and water which I used to construct a new two bedroomed house. During the construction process, there are always a lot of miscellaneous expenses which are incurred and it becomes difficult to account for each and every coin involved. I am however glad that I own this beautiful house which I would have never built were it not for the transfers from Give Directly.
55000 KES ($537 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference since I started receiving this transfer is that I now have a bigger, better and iron roofed house. Prior to receiving this transfer, I have been living in a grass thatched house with a leaking roof. As a result, I have always felt life is unfair because I have tried going for casual work and doing other odd jobs in the village to raise money to buy building materials, but it has not been possible. The little income I have always received has not even been enough for feeding my family leave alone paying school fees for my children. When I received this transfer, I thought of nothing else but a new house which I have been talking about with my wife for a year. The following morning after receiving the money, I went and bought building materials so that I could not get distracted again. I really thank GD for their financial. GD is the reason I have a new house which I could not build on my own.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I received this transfer, I was very happy. This is because I knew my dream of building a new house will finally come true. I never knew someone could give me money of the same amount free without having to repay. Surely, GD has changed my life.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the whole of my first transfer on buying building materials such as iron sheets, nails and timber which I have already used to put up a new house. I have been living in a grass thatched house with a leaking roof and for a year, I have been trying to raise money forbuilding a new house but it has not been possible. When I received this transfer, I first thought of building a new house. The other part of the transfer, I used to pay masons who helped in constructing the house and to buy food which they ate as they were working on the house.
access_time 9 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money makes me feel happy because I am now going to build a better house,pay part of school fees and even assist my family to live at least a better life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening after accomplishing my daily activities and got food for my family. This makes me feel happy because I always like seeing my family happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life is when my son got accident with a motorcycle and even lost one of the hands and I didn't have even a single coin for his treatment, this made me to sell everything even my bed thus left me a very poor man.