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50000 KES ($486 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent my third transfer to buy building materials like timber, steel doors which i have used to fix in my new house. I bought clay to renovate my house and also invested some amount on a cereals business for my wife.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that my children are now in school without asking for help from anybody. I also have livestock and a big house than the one I was living in, all this would not have been possible without the transfer. Thank you GD.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly has uplifted the living standards of the recipients and also asking for help from someone more privileged has reduced because of increased self dependency. I have not seen anything GD did not do well.
50000 KES ($481 USD)
access_time 6 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to construct a new and bigger house as the previous one was old and the walls were already destroyed by rain. I also paid school fees for my child in secondary school so that he can stay in school and attend his classes well.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that I have been able to construct a bigger house with better roofing and walls. We finding it costly to do constant repairs of the walls in our previous house but now we can save both time and money since we moved into the new house.
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
From my first transfer, I spent 7,000 KES to pay school fees for my children, bought 20 tins of maize at 2,500 KEs and the remaining 500KES I spent to pay Mkopa solar light
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
Am planning to spend my second transfer to pay school fees and also to build a house
access_time over 6 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I would like to use part of the money to buy cows to act as security incase of lack of school fees we can sell and get fees. Secondly l would wish to buy a generator to supply water in the farm to increase productivity. Finally l would wish to open up a business for my wife to substitute my source of income.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is that through farming we have managed to save money and built our own home.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship in life is lack of unreliable source of income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the morning when I have been invited to for some casual jobs knowing that I will be able to buy food for my family.