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53075 KES ($526 USD)
access_time 29 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different than it was before in that I currently live in my own house where I am no longer afraid of rainfall. Previously, I was living in a small single-roomed house which was not only inadequate for my family but also leaky and uncomfortable to live in. Whenever there was a change in weather condition, I could send my children to my neighborhood in order to secure a better accommodation for them. This was hectic because I could help them wade over the mud, an experienced none of us loved. I thank God for GiveDirectly's financial support. I have now built a big house that can accommodate all of us
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
What GiveDirectly does well is championing for alleviating poverty through direct cash transfers in the remote areas. Through this, the communities' lives have greatly improved. GiveDirectly also provides adequate safety information for its recipients and as a result, the majority are not victims of fraud related cases. Personally, I have not seen what GiveDirectly does not do well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfers to buy building materials which I used to build a new house. Previously I had an old and leaky house which I had been living in since the demise of my husband. Life had been hard since his death because the family spent all the savings we had for his treatment. As a result, there was nothing left behind that I could use to build a new house for a better shelter. Right now I am living in a better house. I also bought a cow which I hope will provide my household with milk. I also bought clothing for my children who nowadays dress smartly. Initially, my children had torn out clothes which they could not comfortably put on.
55000 KES ($541 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
For so long, my family has been sleeping on the floor without a mattress and enough blankets to cover themselves. This is now in the past and I thank God since my family now sleeps comfortably on a mattress and have enough blankets.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
At first, I thought that I will not receive my transfers anymore as everybody in the village had received theirs except me. When I woke up and saw a message indicating that I had received some money, I was filled with happiness as I knew that indeed my life was going to change. I then prayed thanking God for His blessings in my life.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent most of my first transfers in buying two cows. I took one of the cows to my father to pay my dowry as my husband died before paying my dowry and in my tradition, my daughter cannot get married before my dowry being paid and she is of age now. I kept the other cow since I did not have any cow. I also bought beddings for my family as we have not been sleeping well due to lack of enough beddings as we used to sleep on the floor and each one of us used to cover herself with one blanket and its very cold at night.
access_time 9 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money is going to mark a new beginning in my life. My life is going to drastically change since I shall be able to invest it in livestock rearing. I shall also be relieved from the stress of raising school fee for my school going children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up a live and able to engage in my daily routine. I feel so happy and privileged to always see a new day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is difficulty in paying school fee. I am a single mother and I do not have any job to rely on.