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Dancan's family
Casual labour
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($521 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
If I could not have received money from give directly I could not have managed to pay dowry to my spouse and sure she could still be at her biological home together with my children. I could not have managed to invest in sugarcane farming as I did.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion give directly did very well by giving people phones because some of us have never own a phone in their life and this was a privilege to us. It was also a good thing that the money was being sent direct to our phone and not using third party for money to reach us. l am happy and pleased with their system helping the needy. I did not see any thing that Give directly did not do well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent most of the transfer to buy cattle which I used in paying dowry for my spouse. I have been having a big problem with her since I had not been able to pay dowry for several years being that I could not afford. So my spouse left to her biological home plus my children since she wanted me to pay her dowry. I was not pleased when my children and my wife left, So I decided to spend the money to pay dowry for my wife and now they are back and we are now staying peacefully. I have also earn respect from my in laws. The remaining balance I spent on sugarcane farming which I am very sure of getting a good harvest, where I will get money to do other developments.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($549 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life has really changed when doing comparison between the current life and the former one. I could now have good meals with the family which could not happened before. I have confidence with my marriage because I have paid dowry and now recognized culturally as married couples.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I received my transfer, I was very happy. There was a message that rung into my mind was that "This is the end of humiliation and insults from community members". People knew the kind of poverty in our family and it was a gossip in the village that there was nothing good that could be expected from our family. Getting married was a waste of time to someone's daughter as they normally said. At the time I received money, I had surety that everything would be now possible and settled.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying two cows which I took to my in-law as dowry. I am an orphan and we had nothing to inherit from our late parents because they were poor. It is our Customs that, when a young man reached marital age, it is the parents to pay dowry for their son, but this could not be realized because of high level of poverty in our family. I also bought two high density mattresses, one for my family, and the other one for my visitors, I finally bought two sacks of maize for food security and land preparation also I paid for.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to customarily legalise my marriage. For a long time I have wanted to pay dowry to legalize my marriage but I have not been able to do so because the little money I earn daily from the cane cutting and weeding that I in the farms goes into our food and clothing needs. With this transfer I will be able to buy cows and pay as bride price. The remaining balance will go into improving our house and tilling our farm to produce more food for the family because right now we already buying rains and the grain prices have started increasing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is usually in the morning because of the opportunity to go out and work to get money to feed family in the evening. The morning carries optimism that I have work hard and get food for my family. Traditionally it is a man's role to work hard and feed his family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced has been unstable marriage. My wife have been going back to her parents complaining that I have not paid her bride price. Whenever she runs away, she will always leave me with my little children making my work difficult because I have to both seek casual job and take care of the kids. But soon after paying her dowry I shall have a piece of mind and stable marriage.