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53150 KES ($526 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has got a very big different in that, the house I had before was small and could not accommodate the family members, we were confined into a small house, and sometimes confidentiality could be difficult because we were sleeping in a single room. I was being forced by the fact that I was poor to beg for chairs from neighbours. This could result to gossip and this bred to stigmatization in my life. Thank God for GiveDirectly.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has given everyone a tool of fighting poverty. The policy of freedom to spend the money in accordance to your own economic demands has not been embraced by almost of NGOs in the world. I noticed that freedom to access money results to positive economic impact in the society.
The organization should adopt system of monitoring and evaluation after first transfer, but before second transfer, in order to make sure that the money is used on matters that could uplift the lives of recipients. This is because, some of the recipients spent money on matters with little or no economic impact.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on chairs, wall unit and seeds as well as farm labour. I built a decent house using the first transfer, but since I did not have chairs, I was to buy it. I had no chairs and whenever we had visitors as family or church fellowship in my house, I had to beg for chairs from my neighbours who later turn my poverty situation to be a gossip around the village. I have gained social dignity and self worth amongst my community members.
55000 KES ($537 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that l am now stress free since l manage to clear school fee arrears for my child and so l do not need to worry so much. My children also are addressing neatly like other children in the village.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment l received the money l was very happy that l shared the good news with my family members and this was the happiest moment in our farming ever.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent most of the transfer to pay school fee arrears for my daughter when she was almost failing to do her end year examination. I also spent the transfer to buy dairy cow and this will save me from spending money to buy milk from my neighbors. The remaining balance l spent to buy food and clothes for my children.
access_time 10 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means great relief to my children who had fees arreas at their secondary schools, I will be able to pay their school fees and even remain with balance to invest in their school uniforns.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is usually in the evening when the whole family gather to evening meals.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in life was dropping out of school due to early pregnancy, my parents disowned me because they saw me as a disgrace to them, this created trauma in my life at one time I felt like taking mg own life.