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53150 KES ($530 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
GiveDirectly has enabled me to complete my house. I have been stressed on where to get money to complete it. I have been using all my salary on paying the school fees for my children. Thanks to GiveDirectly for coming at the right time. I used all of my second transfers to complete the house. Currently, we are comfortable staying in our house and all my stress has now been relieved by these transfers. Thank you GiveDirectly.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly does very well to send financial assistance unconditional. This gives room for somebody to decide on which goals they prioritized. Also on the selection criteria, they select the recipients without any bias. On the other hand, I do not see anything that GiveDirectly has not done well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the whole of my second transfers to purchase building materials. I have been struggling to complete my house but I haven't due to a lack of enough money. For the past years, I have been prioritizing to pay schools fees for my children who are in secondary school. So completing this house was only possible after receiving the transfers.
55000 KES ($537 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have a dairy cow and I no longer incur additional cost to buy milk, I can spend the money to meet other household needs and even pay school fees for my children.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the money I felt so happy because I knew I would be able to buy a dairy cow and complete the house that was under construction.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spend my first transfer to completing the house that I was building before and the remaining amount I bought a dairy cow.
access_time 7 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Indeed God is always with us. Receiving this money means that our house which is under construction will be completed. The construction process had stalled due to laxity of funds.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is at the evening when I have successfully completed my day's activities. This gives me a sense of responsibility as a mother.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Between the years 2000 and 2005, we faced land disputes as a family. Accordingly, we had to handle expensive court cases that drained us financially and consumed much of our time. Although we eventually won the case, I trust that we could be more developed if we never faced the challenge. Hence, the family dispute that served as a hindrance to our development acts as the biggest hardship we have faced in life.