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Perez's family
Small business
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Inlike in the past when I was seen as a beggar, I am now capable of paying school fees for my children with ease. I have a house which to me is still a dream. I have a peaceful mind, and this has contributed to good planning for my business. Sometimes back, I was diagnosed with ulcers due to worries, but that is no longer there.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The Organization has brought hope to the poor people who were perceived not to posses anything. When I looked at the work people have done, it was clear that it is only lack of resources that can rendered human being helpless. Everyone love good things. GiveDirectly should coordinate with local administrators when it comes to recovering money lost in the hands of helpers and trustees. They should be put to task to repay the money they have looted from vulnerable individuals.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on school fees, building materials and food. I have two children in colleges, and one in secondary school who need school fees. With the little I gain from my fish business, it will not be enough to sustain the family too. I also build a house for my son who is still jobless and is not capable of building a house of his own. He has been sleeping at neighborhood which is not in order. It could be needful for a parent to monitor the child development, especially adolescent one.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have been able to purchase the building materials on time.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received money from GiveDirectly, I was so happy it was my daughter who confirmed to me that I had received money. I was so happy as I did not believe it.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer buying building materials that I want to use to plaster my house that is currently made of mud. I want to use make it atleast presentable.
access_time 11 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means owning a well furnished house. I plan to buy cement, sand and pay labor for plastering my house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when talking to my children after a days work. We share a lot at this time.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life was losing my husband. I am now the decision maker and the implementor of all the activities in this household. It is a very difficult task to undertake as a widow.