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Mark's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($468 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent my transfer to buy cement, sand and ballast which I intend to use to plaster my house. I have kept most of my transfer as I intend to pay laborers who will be renovating my house and buy livestock
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
If I would not have received the money, I would still be living in a small house which is made of mud but am very confident that I will live in a plastered house. Thank you GD.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did well in sending us money directly and it is a trustworthy organization. I have not seen anything they did not do well.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($482 USD)
access_time over 6 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent most of my second transfer to put up a bigger kitchen of 17 iron sheets which is partitioned for my children to also use it as a sleeping area since we were sharing a small house with the children and my wife also used to cook outside, facing challenges with bad weather. The rest of the money was used to buy white soil from elsewhere to smear my houses to make them more attractive; then bought foodstuffs with the balance because we had run out of food following drought.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have an attractive home and enough space for my children to sleep in.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($98 USD)
access_time almost 7 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying a ram and paying school fees, i spent much more money on school fees because my child was a candidate for the final secondary examination and i didn't want him to miss the examination so i had to clear the school fees arrears i had pending with that money.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to use my upcoming transfer to start a fish selling business for my wife and lease land to grow rice with the remaining money in order for the two of us to fend for our family needs.
access_time 7 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
We are planning to spend our transfer to pay school fees for our children who are still in school. We will also spend the transfer on some iron sheets to renovate our roof.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is educating some of my children who have completed school.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing in my life is the lack of money to pay fees for those of our children who are still in school.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is late in the morning when I am back home from the farm and I am taking my breakfast.