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47900 KES ($476 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I did spend my transfer to make a boat and a fishing net. I did this because I saw it wise to start a project that will sustain my livelihood even after the transfer have been sent and indeed it was a good decision. Currently my children's school fees is generated from the project as well as the family up keep. This has been made possible due to the unconditional transfer I received from GD. It has transformed my life and that of my family members.
50000 KES ($489 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on buying fishing nets for catching small specifically. I have saved the remaining to buy fishing light attractors.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly does well by giving cash to the less fortunate and on the other hand I feel that they could have given us more money.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The difference in my daily life is that I could have never owned a fishing net neither could I have ever owned any fishing light attractor in my entire life.
10000 KES ($97 USD)
access_time 6 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the whole transfers to pay school fees for my child in high school.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I kept quiet and did not withdraw money for three days because I was in disbelief.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that I was able to clear my chid's school fees balance at once and I am now at peace.
access_time over 6 years ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face right now is lack of resources to purchase a motorised fishing vessel which would enable me increase my income .
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is around midday when I have finished my chores. I get to rest and this makes me very happy.
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I can finally acquire some building materials and build my own house.