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Decla's family
Small business
Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($469 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My goals have remained the same as I had planned earlier, in that I managed to construct a decent house for my family, which I was unable to do all these years due to financial constraints, I am happy that I also own a dairy cow hence I am grateful for the support that impacted my life positively.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly staffs are polite and nice, throughout my interaction with them I did not see anything that was not done correctly. I am grateful for the unconditional transfer that changed my life positively.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a widow and a mother of five children, I have so many responsibilities to handle single-handedly especially the school fees, I buy and sell vegetables in the village but still, it is not enough to cater for all our needs, therefore when I received my transfer I thought of building a decent house for my family where I used a sum of KES 30,000, school fees too was a major priority, therefore, I divided KES 20,000 among the five children, I lack lacks to express how grateful I am, Indeed the transfer has changed our living standards to a higher level.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($495 USD)
access_time almost 3 years ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
My daughter-in-law came running and entered my house without knocking as she was excited about the message she had just received from GiveDirectly. My phone was off at that moment and had to bring it on since I needed to check whether I had the same news also. I was extremely excited after holding my breath hoping to receive the message as soon as my phone was on, and was lucky that my account had also been refilled. It has been an interesting week that I had to walk around with my phone expecting the receipt of the transfer. I could not wait further but withdrew the same day and bought the iron sheets from the vendors who had visited the village that day. With my daughter-in-law, we had a similar agenda of putting up new houses as we had been living in old structures that could not shelter us enough during rainy seasons.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life after receiving the first transfer is the complete construction of a new house. It feels good living in a spacious house at the moment enough for my children and the grandkids who can now get a free space to play on. It had been squeezed before but after the construction, I now have my private room with a lockable door. I am grateful and still hopeful that I can still do a lot with the remaining transfer that I am yet to receive.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After receiving the transfer and withdrawing it the same day with the aid of my helper, I bought iron sheets that I used in the construction of a new house. I had a small hut that could not accommodate my large family of nine. At the moment, I have o two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Living in the same house with such a huge number was never comfortable thus pushing me to spend approximately KES32000 on buying construction materials and also settling the labor cost. I am glad that the house is spacious enough with my separate bedroom. I also spent KES10000 on settling areas and current term's school fees for my son who is currently in form three. I then obtained some clothing and saved the remaining KES10000 that I am currently using on replenishing household needs and will be useful also in sorting other occurring emergencies and household bills. I am grateful for the completed projects nand also hoping to accomplish more with the second transfer.
access_time almost 3 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
This means a lot to me. I have a grass thatched house which I been living for the past 20 years. When I get this money i would like to build a iron roofed house that will cost around $350. That house will help me in water harvesting. In our area we get water from the river and its not safe for drinking. I normally buy drinking water from water kiosk in the nearby town which sometimes hard due to financial constraints. I also have children in school and i need to pay their school fees. I have fee balance of $900. The rest of the money will then go to expand my business so as to generate more income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon. This is the time i get to interact with my neighbors. I even share any problems that I am facing and I get relieved.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship i have encountered is when i lost my husband who was the bread winner. I have financial constraints now that i am the only one providing for my family. My children are in different schools and i need to pay their school fees which i find it difficult to pay at the same time provide for their needs.