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48200 KES ($465 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent 15000 KES of my third transfer on farming maize. I'm in college so I paid 30000 KES fee and used the rest of the money on buying food for my family.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that i managed to build a type of a house I wouldn't have managed to build on my own. I also managed to clear school my college fee thus I'm sure of completing my studies.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, Gd does well by giving cash to the needy thus enabling them to meet their various needs. On the other hand I feel Gd should increase the amount of money given to recipients to 220000 KES.
50000 KES ($486 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
After building myself a house; I spent my second transfer on buying seats, bed, mattress, steel doors, windows and paid labour fees for fixing them. I also spent some amount on planting maize for consumption.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My lifestyle has really changed since I received transfers from GD. I am living comfortably in a good house with all the basic needs which I could have not bought in my entire life.I now have seats, comfortable place to sleep and even sure of food security in future when I harvest maize which I planted with the transfers.Thanks to GD for the financial the financial empowerment.
10000 KES ($96 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the token transfer on buying 4 iron sheets and paying labour being that I already bought some iron sheets before.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was very happy and excited because I didn't have money by then.
access_time over 2 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to use the transfer on farming.I will buy water pump ,pipes and generator for irrigation.l plan to plant watermelon and vegetables.My target market is Kisumu and Ahero town.The money l get after selling my harvest will boost my income.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
Being able to build my current house is my proudest achievement. Initially, l was staying in a grass thatched house that was in a poor state. My family could not sleep during rainy seasons because of leaking roof. I did casual jobs for three months in the rice fields and used the money to build my current house.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest challenge in my life is making ends meet. Casual jobs l depend on for income are limited and the wages are not enough to support my family needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Evenings after a day's work are my happiest part of the day.l rest as l spend some time with my family.