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Caroline
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
35
homeHousehold Size:
5
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($467 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent a portion of my third transfer on a set of sofa to furnish my house which had previously been furnished by 3 plastic chairs that were borrowed from my neighbor. Secondly, I purchased a bag of maize and other food stuffs for my children. Despite being a widow, I can brag that Give Directly has greatly improved my living standard. My children too are comfortably living and able to access all the basic needs as they wish.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
When I received my first lumpsum transfer, I plastered the floor of my 2 room room house with 15750 KES, I spent 7000 KES on a steel door, 7200 KES on 2 steel windows, I spent 5000 KES on a table and the remaining 15050 KES on food and clothing for my household members.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Initially, I lived in a dusty house, floor made of clay that could make us suffer frequent respiratory related diseases, however, we are now living a healthier life since GD has enabled us eradicate dust which is the biggest difference in our daily lives.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the transfer on paying for steel door deposit 4000 KES , steel windows 2500 KES , school shoes 600, school fees 1000 KES and used 1balance on daily meals.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to spend it on digging a pit latrine.
 
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access_time over 5 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on renovating my house as I will buy eight bags of cement, I will buy furniture for my house which will include chairs, I will also spend part of the transfer on paying school fees for my children who are in primary school and the remaining amount I will spend on hiring a piece of land that I can plough and plant my food crops.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement that I am proudest of is that when my husband died I did not have a house but I managed to do some casual work as a waiter in a hotel and I saved the cash that I earned which I used in building the house that I now stay in.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face in my life is that getting food for my family is not easy as I only depend on casual jobs and if I don't manage to get one in a day then my family will have no food to eat.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is when I manage to get a casual job when I go out in the morning as this assures me that my family will have food to eat in the evening when I go back to the house.