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Pamela
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
44
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($466 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
I used a portion of the transfer to buy and fix two doors. I paid my son in collage fee. I bought a solar lump for light provision. Invested a portion of it in subsistence farming. Besides, I purchased corns for family consumption.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that I now live in a a stable house which I built with GD transfer. The one I had was at the verge of going down. Apart from that, I sleep on a mattress spread in a bed. In fact I was spreading some old clothes on the ground because I could not afford bedding.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, what GD does well is that it give us ready cash to meet our desires. GD should also consider the inflation rate. The value of money is too low at the moment
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($486 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent most of my second transfer on buying building materials for my new house which I am yet to finish. The previous one was smaller and the roof was blown away by wind which posed a risk to my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is having a more secure shelter which I am soon moving into.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($96 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying five blankets, school uniforms, shoes and a mattress, I also bought food and one sack of maize that we used during the Christmas season
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt very happy for receiving the cash because it gave me hope of buying things that I lacked during that particular time like food and a few household items
 
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access_time over 5 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I have planned to buy beddings with the first transfer and a sack of maize. The remaining money I will use it to repair my house which is very old, I will also pay school fees for my son who is in high school and buy some livestock.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The proudest achievement is that I joined a women group where I saved some money and bought a few household items which I am seeing up to now. Through the same group I also managed to buy some goats that has helped in paying school fees for my children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship is that I have been the only person supporting my family and when I am sick my children suffer a lot because no one is willing to support them.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is when I am able to sell my brooms and I make money.