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53075 KES ($524 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
We lived in pathetic conditions prior to GD. We used to struggle with lack of school fee for our children, leaking house and lack of food. Now our lives are a different story. We are happy for the transformation - new houses, fee for our children catered for and enough food for us. No more stresses and anxieties due to lack and poverty. Thank you for the funds. We are forever grateful!
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does well by sending cash to all residents in a village. It was commendable in my view, that no one was discriminated against. All of us in our village received GD funds. All we say is thank you. I do not see something that GD does not do well. We bless them in all their endeavors, as we keep praying for them that their good work will continue to reach as many people as possible.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I paid school fee for our children and built two houses using the second transfer that GiveDirectly sent me. We had been living in a thatched earthen house with a leaking roof. This is the reason why we decided to build the houses - a kitchen and another as a living / sleeping area. We are grateful to GD for sending us the cash. May God bless the source of these funds.
55000 KES ($546 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest differences is that now I have a cow which I didn't have before. I use to buy milk for use and now I can save what I would have rather spend on buying milk.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I got the money from GD I felt so happy and also up to am so happy about Give Directly and their activities.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the money which I got from give Directly to pay school fees for my child. I spent the rest to buy a cow.
access_time 11 months ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
In July 2015, my daughter in law got sick and was admitted to Tenwek Mission Hospital barely after she bore her first born child. She was diagnosed with low platelets count in he body. We had never seen such a condition of excessive bleeding before. It was strange. Everyone in our family was disturbed and drained both emotionally and financially. My son was jobless and therefore could not afford medication for his sickly wife. We had to sell household properties and do casual jobs everyday to settle a bill of Kshs 126,000. This is the biggest hardship I have faced in my life.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning. Waking up stress free, in good health and having had a peaceful night is a very good way to set up for the day.
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Early this year, our cow died leaving only its calf behind. My family was dependent on it for milk for the last three years. Receiving this money means I am going to spend my first transfer to purchase another milking cow to fend for my family. It also means I can channel the money I had since allocated to buying milk to other household necessities. I can imagine how my life will change and I am overly excited about this.