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47900 KES ($476 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent my third transfer to buy sofa set worth 16000 KES because I did not have presentable seats where my visitors could sit comfortably when they visit me.I also bought clothes for my children because they did not have presentable ones.
50000 KES ($484 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used most of my second transfer to buy two cattle which I used to pay dowry for my wife which was long over due, I bought a bed, mattress since we were sleeping on a steel bed which was worn out. I bought sofa set because I did not have decent seats. The remaining amount, I spent on a sack of maize for consumption and food for my family
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did well in sending recipients money which has uplifted their living standards and this has reduced the levels of ridicule for them. I have not seen anything that GD did not do well.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
If I would not have received the transfer, I would still be ridiculed in the community due to my financial status which made me a laughing stock. Thank you GD for restoring my pride as a man.
10000 KES ($96 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
When I received my first transfer, i used 3000 KES from it to buy a mattress because I had none before. I then used 33600 KES to buy a sack of maize because we did not have enough food in the house. The balance was spent on buying school uniforms for my schooling child and other food items for my family.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment i received my money, i was filled with excitement because it was going to help me get what I lacked at the moment.
access_time over 2 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
Firstly, we plan to use part of the transfer to buy three cows, for dowry payment for my wife. Secondly, we plan to lease a land, where we plan to grow maize. Lastly, we plan to use the remaining amount to keep in the bank, for future use.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement we are very proud of is having a family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship we have faced is, inadequate income to build our house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the mornings, when I wake up feeling well.