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48200 KES ($464 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent my third transfer on purchasing school bags for my children, bought a goat that I can resell anytime to take care of any emergency that may arise, bought more utensils in the house and fixed window panes on the steel windows. I also bought seats since I had the old ones and spent the larger percentage of the amount on paying school fees for my child who is in high school, to settle well and acquire education like other children.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfer in that, I have been able to own household item that I had longed for in a very long time and most importantly paid school fees for my child in high school hence less stressed.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did a good job because they kept their promise by sending the transfers the way they communcated to us and what they did not do well is that, they did not consider another group of the less fortunate like the widow for continuous support.
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
From my second transfer, I spent 10,000 KES, bought building posts at 5,100 KES, spent 4,860 KES to buy trusses, bought building nails at 2,060 KES, spent 10,000 KES to pay school fees for my son, bought steel door at 7,000 KES, spent 1,300 KES to buy water used in building my house, ans the remaining 1,200 KES I spent to buy food for my laborers,
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life is different in that, I now live in a good house as compared to the one i was in before
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time 6 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
goat @3,500KES, 2,300KES school uniform and shoes for my children, bed sheets @800KES, and 900KES on buying utensils.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I plan to buy ironsheet, timber and nails, and build an iron roofed house.
access_time over 6 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on building a better house as the one I stay in is almost falling on me hence I will buy thirty iron sheets for my house and also buy twenty iron sheets and build for my eldest son a house too, I will spend part of the transfer also on buying one cow and furniture for my house. The remaining amount I will spend on paying school fees for my child who is in secondary school.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that I am proudest of is that when my child passed his primary education, I struggled through burning of charcoal and I managed to raise some cash that enabled me to pay for his admission in secondary school.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face in my life is that I am a widow and all my husband's relatives died hence I am left alone to take care of my children who all require food to eat and school fees while my income is very low.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is when I wake up in the morning and I go to plough my farm as my farm provide me with an alternative source of food and income for my family.