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Leah
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
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faceAge:
23
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Kenya Standard Remote
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($489 USD)
access_time 11 days ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was exactly 9 AM when I was just from the dam when a message notification popped in. I was so tired and I even opted to take a rest since the water point is quite far from the village. However before I could even take a nap, another message came in. I became so curious and decided to have a look at who it could be. Upon checking, I couldn't believe my eyes, it was the long-awaited Mpesa that I had anxiously been waiting for from GiveDirectly. Due to the excitement that I had, I couldn't afford to rest anymore. I immediately called my spouse and children and informed them about the money that would finally transform our lives positively.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now have a good house that I am currently sheltering in. Previously, I used to sleep under a very small house that could barely accommodate all my four children. I have been married for over five years and the situation of the house has been bad day by day. My children used to sleep at my neighbors' houses which at times they were like a burden to them. They could at times start calling them names and mocking them which has been hurting me for a long. On the other hand, whenever it could rain, I use to squeeze all my properties in one corner of the house to protect them from getting damaged. There was a time I even lost hope in life because I have been jobless and only depend on my spouse who also relies on the odd jobs with meager incomes. I never saw any light ahead which made me believe we would never acquire a better house anytime soon. Therefore the coming of GiveDirectly into my village means a lot to me because they have completely changed my life. I now sleep under a good house that is spacious enough and my children no longer seek shooters like they used to do. Also, all my properties are well secured.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of the first transfer on buying iron sheets which costs KES 21850, building poles KES 5000, nails KES 2150, timber at KES 2200. This was purposely for the construction of a new house because the previous one was a small grass-thatched old hut and it could barely accommodate us all. With my family of five, we had to seek shelter from neighbors every night. I also bought new clothes for all my children since they have been wearing torn ones. Also, I cleared school fees for my daughter who recently joined the primary school. With the remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuffs for my family and other household items.
 
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access_time 3 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means good shelter for me and my children. During the rainy season, my kids and I sort for shelter at my neighbor's place because the roof leaks. I am glad that I can finally build a house. I estimate my budget for this to be around 30,000 Kenya Shillings. I will build a two roomed house with an iron sheet roof.
What is the happiest part of your day?
As a house wife, the morning and evening hours are busy for me since it is usually time to do house chores. Afternoon is my free time and hence the happiest part of my day. I take this time to relax and bond with my children
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Prolonged drought in this region has led to high poverty level. I have been personally affected by this because I depend so much on farming to get food and income. Little income has had me struggle financially . Little income to satisfy the family's needs is the biggest hardship I have faced in my life.