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48200 KES ($468 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent most of the third transfer on sugarcane plantation, this will improve my source of income where by I am sure of getting enough produce. I also spent the transfer to buy furniture since l did not have anything to sit on, the remaining balance l spent to buy bedding.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life different than it would have been if I never received the transfer is that, l could not have built iron-roofed house, I could still be staying in a small leaky thatched house.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion Give Directly thought of good idea of giving people money instead of giving them goods, this has allowed people to prioritize their need.
50000 KES ($481 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
We spent the second transfer to construct a new and bigger house with iron sheet roofing and we moved from the small, grass thatched house. We also leased a farm that we will use to do sugar cane farming.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that I am now living comfortably in a bigger house that can well contain my family and our belongings. We are not being rained on anymore like it used to happen in the grass thatched house.
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time 6 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the first transfer on buying 10 pieces of iron sheets 6,000KES and a water tank (100 liters)2,000KES.I also paid school for my children 2,000KES
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to spend the upcoming transfer on building a three roomed iron sheet house from a one room grass thatched house for my family to feel they belong in the community in terms of living standards.
access_time over 6 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
We're planning to spend our transfer on building a new ironed roof house since the one we stay in currently is thatched and leaks during rainy seasons, secondly we will use part of the transfer to pay school fees for an orphaned child we stay with who is currently in form two and lastly use the remaining amount to start up a small business for income generation.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement we're proudest of is having been able to educate the orphan child we stay with to the level of secondary school,she is currently in form two and doing very well in school.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship we face now is on making ends meet, we don't have any proper source of income and as such fending for the family has not been easy.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is normally in the evening when as a family we're gathered and taking our evening meal. When the family does not sleep hungry, I find joy.