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Milka
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
29
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($467 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
I had constructed a new house using my second transfer, but I did not complete it. My previous house was very old and was almost collapsing after my husband passed on and there was no one to help me build a new one until GiveDirectly came along, so when I received my third transfer I completed it using part of the money. Using some money too, I constructed a kitchen where I can cook from as previously my old house doubled up as a cooking place and the smoke could destroy the house so fast. I also bought a sack of corn for my family consumes given that during those times there was hunger, and we could not get enough to eat. I have a sister who most of the time could help me given that I am a widow, so I gave her 5000 KES out of the transfer to help her in clearing school fees for her daughter who, is in secondary school. The remaining amount I spent on food and clothing for my children. I am grateful for the money I received from GiveDirectly and I commend whoever thought of giving unconditional cash to the less fortunate like me. Thank you GiveDirectly and May God bless you!!
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
From my second transfer, I bought 20 Iron sheets at 13,000 KES, bought trusses at 6020 KES, bought building posts at 7,000 KES, bought building poles at 3,900 KES, spent 6,500 KES , to pay laborers building my house, bought building nails at 2,760 KES, spent 2,000 KES on transportation, spent 2,6000KES to buy food for my laborers, bought water to build my house at 1,500 KES, spent 2,500 KES to pay school fees for my children, and the remaining 1,950 KES, I spent to buy food for my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I now have a separate kichen, my children are not sent home for school fees and also I can now comfortably take care of my children
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
i spent 1,500KES as capital for a business in selling charcoal and vegetables. I also bought a table @2,500KES and spent 800KESKES on buying maize for consumption, and the rest of the money on clothes and food.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I plan to buy iron sheet, timber and nails, and build an iron roofed house for my family.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 4 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on repairing the walls and floor of my house which were damaged by floods. I will also spend part of the transfer on building a poultry house so that I can start rearing and selling chicken to raise some income.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is starting my small business of selling vegetables and fruits on a stall near my house. I mainly sell to villagers.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my lack of enough food to support my several children. Sometimes my children only take plain porridge for their meals.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when my children have eaten their supper and they are going to bed with full stomachs.