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53150 KES ($528 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
With part of my second transfer, I was able to start a cereal business that I can say is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I never had any business or any other source of income and mostly depended on my husband who was overburdened by the family responsibilities. I am now able to assist my him in taking care of the needs and I am happy that I am being useful to my family. Without the transfer, I don't think I would ever own a business of my own and I am so thankful for the miracle that God did to bring GD our way.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, what GD does best is working in confidentiality, anything a recipient says to any GD staff is always kept between them. I also love how GD keeps the promises made to the recipients and also works in transparency. I say this because the total amount we were promised was sent on the exact time frame that we were told they would be sent. I am not being biased, but I actually have nothing negative to say about GD operations.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used part of the second transfer to pay this year's school fees for my son in secondary school because I don't want him to be sent home for delayed school fee payment since he is in his second-last year. I then started a cereals business for future income with part of the money and bought some household items I have always wanted to own for a very long time, but could not buy due to lack of income with the rest of the money.
55000 KES ($536 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference for me is that I now have a big house where I live with my family in a more comfortable manner. The house we had before was so small for the family with leaking roofs during the rainy seasons. It was never easy living in the house but we had to persevere since we had no any other option.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was so happy when I got the text from Give directly. I informed my husband about the message and he was also very excited when he confirmed that indeed the message was from Give Directly. We knew that our goal of getting a new bigger and more spacious house would eventually come true.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the first cash transfer on constructing a new house because the house that OI was living in before was quite old and in a dilapidated state so that is why I had to get a new one.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means liberation from poverty. I would like to spend the transfer on starting up a small business that will be of more sustainable income than the casual labor that I depend on. This will enable me provide for my family's basic needs in a better way.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening after work especially when I get paid for casual labor services that I offer and buy food for my children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing in life is lack of reliable source of income. I depend on casual labor services that is unreliable and tedious. This makes it difficult to provide for my family's basic needs like food and clothes.