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53075 KES ($526 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Were it not for the cash transfers from the organization I would have never been able to build a new house for my family leave alone buying the cow. The primary reason as to why I bought the cow is to be able to milk in the future so that means I will not be buying milk from sellers anymore. In addition to that, in the event that it gives birth in the future, I will have a chance to sell out some of its offspring and probably earn a few cash from such transactions.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I believe that the organization has been on the forefront in helping the needy by giving them unconditional transfers that they use to accomplish various tasks that brings a lot of transformations in their day to day lives.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the cash transfer on buying a few items such as iron sheets and cement that I used to erect a new building because I initially I used to live in a grass thatched house that was leaking excessively during the rainy season. I now live a comfortable life free of the effects of the extreme weather conditions.
55000 KES ($547 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I could not stay for more than two days without receiving an arrogant call from my wife demanding money for their upkeep. That is no longer the case,my wife has a business to run and we can share the responsibilities. At least I have my freedom and piece of mind knowing that someone has my back. This is the biggest difference in my daily life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the money,I was so happy. I have never handled such amount of money in my entire life.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying building materials that I used to build a new iron roofed house. I used to stay in leaking grass thatched house. It was old fashioned house. I also leased a piece of land where I am currently growing some corn for commercial purposes and the remaining on starting a small business for my spouse who was just staying idle home. At least we can share responsibilities.
access_time 1 year ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life was losing both my parents at the same time. I had to be self dependant at an early age, and this has made me not to pursue my secondary school education.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when working in my Shamba because it is what my parents taught me as a way of getting food.
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I am going to build iron roof house at home and pay school fees for my children in secondary school.