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53150 KES ($524 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different in that I now live in an improved house. I was living in a mud walled house before I received this transfer and I feel proud that I am now living in a timber made house; something I never thought I would achieve soon. This is the greatest difference in my daily life which would not have happened anytime soon had I not received this money.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did perfectly well in everything in terms of their operations. Their selection criteria was awsome and not biased at all. The fact that they gave us the freedom to choose how we were going to spend our money was also something that I liked about their operations. On the other hand, I personally did not find anything that I did not like about their operations.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used part of my second transfer to complete the construction of a house that I had built with the first transfer. I also used part of the remaining transfer to buy food for my family and KES 10000 to buy clothes for my family members. I chose to complete my newly constructed house since I knew that this was a project that was going to change my life for good. I feel so proud that the project is now complete and I cannot stop thanking GiveDirectly.
55000 KES ($538 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am happy and full of life because my anticipation of having a decent house which I have always desired coming true. This is because the house is under construction hence the struggles I am facing at the moment of staying in a dusty mud house will come to an end thus cleaning process in the new one will soon be easier. I had never thought of living in such a house before in my entire life but I am hopeful that GiveDirectly transfers will make it possible for me.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 2 o'clock in the morning when I received a message notification on my phone. I decided to check it out to know its content because it was out of the norm to receive a message at that time. Upon reading through, I realized that it was from GiveDirectly informing me that my first transfers had been debited into my account. At that instant, my heart was filled with happiness. This is because I had not believed that GiveDirectly would honor their promise when they told us of their intentions during the enrollment process. I then informed my spouse who received the news joyfully and we did not go back to sleep as we started planning how to spend them.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of my first transfer to buy building materials such as timbers, nails, iron sheets and I also paid workers for this work of building my new beautiful spacious house fitted with timber. Therefore, I settled on this so as to relieve me the burden of looking for cow dung and clay around the village to use in smearing my previous mud house. I am glad since we will soon move in after cementing the floor, fixing doors and windows since they are the only things remaining for it to come to its completion. I used the remaining amount to buy a solar lamp for my family. Nowadays, my neighbors are astonished by how my house is well lit at night. On the other hand, I am relieved of the cost of buying kerosene on a daily basis.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Since my piece of land extends to the nearest shopping center, receiving this money will enable me to construct a retail shop at the edge of the land close to the center, then stock the shop fully and use the remaining part of the transfer to buy groceries for sell too in order to get an extra source of income which will enable me to provide the needs of my family adequately.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening after finishing up with my daily activities which include digging and weeding my farm during day time. Seeing that the day's activities went on sucessfully as planned fulfills my heart.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband used to work in a factory but after retiring and coming back home last year, life has been difficult. He was the bread winner of the family and he used to pay school fees for our children as well as providing for the family. He is still looking for another employment hence for now we struggle to make ends meet in our family