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Rebecca
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Raising livestock
faceAge:
83
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($442 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
With my old age, I do not have a particular target or goal. My goal right now is to make sure that I stay healthy by eating a balanced diet as well as checking on my health to make sure everything is okay. My children are taking good care of me and I use the little resources that I still have to be able to do this. Every coin that I get along the way shall be used to make sure that I live comfortably.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly does well in all aspects of their operation but what stood out for me is the way the officers were very kind and patient. The fact that even the old and vulnerable in the society were enrolled without bias says a lot about how the operations were undertaken. I feel they did everything perfectly well and I do not see anything bad about how they conduct themseves.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used part of the money to buy a dairy cow that I now keep in my herd and used most of the remaining amount to buy food and medication for myself. I donated some to my children who had huge school fees arears to clear and I felt I needed to help out. I feel very much indebted to GiveDirectly for the support that I got and bless whoever donated the money to us. It really helped us a lot in here.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($484 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt so happy the moment I received the money from GiveDirectly. I had one of my children who had been hospitalized and had pending bills at the hospital. I used KES 40000 to pay his bills and used the remaining amount to buy food for the family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference is that I am now happy man and leading a happier family than it was before we received the money. I would have sold some of the valuable assets that I own to clear my own hospital bill but I thank God that GiveDirectly has helped me to forego such expenditures.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used KES 40000 to clear hospital bill for one of my children who had been hospitalized and used the remaining amount to buy food for family. It was timely that I received the money when I most needed it and I thank God that my child is now stable. We look forward to receiving the second transfer and be able to invest.
 
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access_time 12 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
For almost 10 years I have had health issues from diabetes, arthritis, poor eyesight and hearing. It comes with the old age but because I have 2 orphaned grandchildren living with me I have to take care of them first. Each month I use about KSH 20,000 on medical bills, consultation and transport. I depend on my children who work casual jobs such as house construction to meet my medical needs. I sometimes feel that I'm putting so much strain on them to support me and that's why receiving this money will mean I'm able to pay for my medical treatment and relieve them from struggling to help me. Therefore I will use about KSH 30,000 to continue with my health check ups and treatment. The remaining amount of money will aid in paying school fees for my grandchildren buying food for the household.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the in the afternoon during lunch time. In the morning I'm left alone because my grandchildren go to school, but they come home while happy for lunch and seeing them in such a mood encourages me to keep myself healthy so as to take care of them.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is health. I have been diagnosed as a diabetic and I have high blood pressure. I'm unable to walk well and each week I have to spend money to buy medicine. My children who work in house construction and other casual jobs do their best to chip in but some days I don't have money for the medicine.