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53150 KES ($526 USD)
access_time almost 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
After my parents passed on, I was left as an orphan at a tender age. I had to be raised by a guardian who felt overburden when we were a little grown. This is because the responsibilities she had were many and the income she got our of doing manual jobs around the village could barely sustain the large family. I had to drop out of school in class six and start fending for myself. I landed in the bodaboda business where I earned a living on commission. I was able to build a one-room house but as time passed by, I got to have a family and the house was small that could not accommodate us comfortably. The money that I made wasn't enough to save and build a bigger house. Today, my life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfer in that, I was able to build a spacious house that fits my family so well, therefore, we now live happily and peacefully.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion , GiveDirectly made sure that the money its had sent reached all its beneficiaries directly by fix any gap that would lead to corruption or fraud . This was through conducting door to door visits and follow -ups upon each household receiving its money .
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of my second transfer to smear my house that I had built with the first transfer . I bought decent seats, a bed , mattress and two sack of maize for my family's consumption . The remaining amount I was able to install electricity hence
I am glad that I have a most affordable and reliable source of lighting as opposed to before when I used to use the traditional means of lighting which needed kerosene most often .
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am sleeping on decent bedding and also I have a very decent and spacious house that comfortably accommomdates my family and friends comfortably.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my money I was very happy and I prayed first to thank God and Give Directly.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my transfer on buying building materials like irons sheets, nails, polls that I used to build my new house because the one I was staying in was too small and could not afford my family comfortably.I also bought maize for family consumption and a few house holdd items.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a positive change in my life.I plan to build a spacious house, buy furniture and buy livestock for rearing. I am living in this small hut not because I like it, poverty has forced me to be here.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when working in my Shamba. This is where I do get my food.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing currently is lack of stable source of income. I am motorcycle rider, I normally get little income that can not cater for my basic needs like food, shelter and good clothing. I have to live a miserable life.