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53150 KES ($533 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently very different from how it was, I live in a permanent house which was not the case before. I used to lived in grass-thatched house which was also leaking. This was very uncomfortable especially when visitors were at home and it started raining. I also managed to purchase a parcel of land where I am planning to move to in the near future and establish my home. This would have taken me ages to achieve but with GD I was able to do it within a period of three moths. What else can I ask for but be grateful for the transformation journey of three months.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GD has really come out to ensure that the living standards of people in the community are improved. Personally I hold them so highly despite the propaganda that kept on being spread of how evil GD is. I have no records of anything bad that GD has done so far I only see goodness all around.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
Initially, we used to live in a grass-thatched small house. It used to leak whenever it rained and this was uncomfortable. Besides that, the house was also squeezed and welcoming visitors was next to impossible. So when I received my second, I opted to improve my house to a modest iron roofed and more spacious. This way as a household we can enjoy the comfort of space and no worries of the rains.
55000 KES ($535 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that l am now staying in a nice spacious iron roofed house as compared before when l was staying in a very uncomfortable place.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment l received the money l was very happy that l could give directly office to thank them for their kindness.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent most of the transfer to build iron roofed house since l was staying in a thatched leaky house where l was being rained on any it was raining. The remaining balance l spent to buy food and clothes for my children.
access_time 8 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means improved living standards for my household. I would like to spend the transfer on construction of a new house that is modern and spacious enough to accommodate my family. I am currently living in a small leaky house that exposes me to cold weather during rainy seasons.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when I get some casual work to do. This is the main source of income in this community that enables me buy food and clothes 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 proper shelter. I am living in a leaky roofed house that is small in size as well. This makes me feel unhappy because we are exposed to diseases like pneumonia and typhoid.