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Sidi
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
61
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 4 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different from how it would have been in such a way that, I am now a proud owner of a good iro roofed house. Back in the days, I have been living in an unconducive environment and perhaps someday my house would collapse. Also, it would very small, I couldn't even host a single visitor which was so embarrassing. However, I am very proud and confident becasue I now live with all my family members under one roof and there is an extra roof for my visitors. To add to that, I was also able to purchase a dairy cow that is now proving us with milk. I have been able to use few liters for my family and sell the remaining g liter to the dairy shops and generate an income. Therefore providing for my family's needs has been made easier unlike when I used to struggle.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has been doing good in my village and even in the other regions. First, personally, I was pleased with the fact that help was in form of cash and therefore had the chance to choose what to purchase. There were no conditions at all in terms of using the cash. I do not see anywhere that this organization failed.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my second transfer on buying building materials such as pieces of iron sheets, timber, nails, and building poles. This was for the consrtcuon of a brand new house becasue the initial one was almost collapsing because of its state. Later on, I bought a dairy cow that would now act as my living assets to depend on in case of an emergency. Also, I paid school fees for my children who were not in secondary school sitting for their national exams. The amount of money that had remained, I purchased enough foodstuffs
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($502 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received a message in my phone in the morning hours. Since I could not comprehend the messages, I had to call my helper to read for me. I was curious to know who could have sent the message. I was filled with happiness when my helper broke the news that I had received my first transfer from GiveDirectly. I thanked them for the financial support.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am currently sheltering in a decent and iron roofed house. I have lived my entire life in a small grass thatched house. It was a temporary house which I had to replace the poles and the grasses on the roof every time they are worn out. It would leak uncontrollable during the rains, forcing me to seek shelter from neighbours who were living in iron roofed houses. Building this house was my greatest achievement which would have taken me years to gather enough resources to build this house. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for enabling me construct my dream house.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 20000 of my first transfer to pay school fees for my children. They had huge fee arrears and I could not pay for them on time. To avoid being discontinued on their studies, I cleared the arrears and paid in advance. This has given me enough time to prepare me for the next payment. I spent the remaining amount of the transfer on building a decent iron roofed house. I was previously sheltering in a grass thatched house with no hopes of upgrading to a better house. I purchased enough building materials which include iron sheets, building poles and nails to construct the new house. I am no longer worried whenever it rains unlike before when I would be forced to look for shelter elsewhere.
 
Enrolled
access_time 7 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a descent and spacious house for my family. I'm planning to use 450 dollars to build a two bedroom house. Two of my children are in secondary school, therefore I'll use a further 300 dollars to pay their school fees. By doing this I'll be at peace and happy.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening. I stay in the farm for a better part of the day and get home in the evening tired. This the time I use to take a rest.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life is lack of a descent house for my family and the inability to cater for my children school fees.