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53150 KES ($528 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
GiveDirectly has delivered us from the bondage of poverty that was very obvious in my household. I can now walk with confidence and Interact with others with dignity as I no longer walk in rags that was the gossip in the village. I can as well provide for more meals for my children, unlike the previous case when we had only a meal in a day.
My children are in school because their fee arrears are well settled and are never sent home more often as before. They have full time concentration in their studies and this has resulted into improved performance. Without GiveDirectly, I would be desperate and hopeless.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has given us power to make choices for better life. Nowadays, I am able to feed my family well without any stress. I can afford breakfast, lunch and supper for my children. This gives me joy and happiness in my heart as I no longer see my them weak due to malnutrition. My children are in school without fee arrears, unlike before when they could stay for days at home. I used to offer cheap labor in sugarcane plantations that was tedious and unreliable. Each day came with a package of worries and uncertainty. I feel relieved and can think, walk and interact with others freely without fear. However, I have never experienced anything bad about GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I have withdrawn the transfer and spent it on paying school fees for my two sons who are in secondary school and University respectively. Education is a true investment that one can count on. The world has really changed that without proper education,it becomes very difficult to be considered for the few employment opportunities. I am hopeful that my sons will soon become professionals that will live a better life than me. This will earn me respect amongst my community members, who have ever thought that we can never make it in life.
55000 KES ($540 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I am staying in a decent house after plastering it. My children are also eating well because I bought enough rice and beans, we never go without food unlike before when we could sleep hungry at times.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my transfer I was very excited.I knelt down and prayed because it was a miracle to me,I had never received such amount of money from anyone in my life.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my transfer on buying sand and cement that I used to plaster my house because the floor was too dusty and my children could frequent cough due to alot of dust. I also paid school fees for my son who is in college. The remaining amount I used to buy food for children.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to pay college fees for my child and, part of it will be spent on buying food and the remaining amount will be spent on renovating my house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I go to my farm to plough maize and kales. This makes me happy as it is my source of livelihood.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face in my life is that I am a widow and my income is very low which at times cannot sustain paying school fees for my children.