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Monicah's family
Monicah
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
42
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($468 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent my third transfer to buy roofing timber,round poles and 25 pieces of iron sheets that I used in building my house.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different ,a wonderful sleep each and every night and my children are in school.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion,GD impact to the community is real,we received our unconditional transfer as promised.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($491 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to buy 10 cushions for my seats because they had none and my family and I used to sit on the wood frames of the seats. I then paid school fees for my two children in secondary school so that they would not be sent away for school fees. I also bought a blanket for the cold weather and then started a business of selling charcoal in the nearby market.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference I have seen in my life is that I have been able to do most of the things I would not do because I am a widow and did not know where to get money to buy food and even pay school fees for my children. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for making my life less difficult.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time almost 3 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
l spent the transfer to buy mattress at 4200 KES, l paid school fees worth 4600 KES to my son in secondary school.the remaining balance l spent on food.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
l am planning to take my children who are in secondary day school to boarding school.
 
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access_time 3 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I'm planning to spend my transfer on building a new bigger house since the current one is old and small,secondly I have two children in secondary school and paying their school fees has been very difficult for me,I will therefore use the remaining amount to pay their school fees which is already in arrears.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I'm proudest of is having been able to build my current house, my husband passed on and left me in a very small thatched house which would leak during rainy seasons but God has been faithful to allow me build the current one.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I'm facing currently is on paying school fees for my two children in secondary school, one is in form three and the other in form two, my charcoal business is not profitable enough to help in paying the fees
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I take my charcoal to the market hoping to make a sell,I use the money from this to buy food for my family and nothing else makes me happier.