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48200 KES ($465 USD)
access_time 4 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent my third transfer on purchasing food for the family consumption and used the larger percentage of the amount on constructing my homestead since I was previously staying in a rented house paying 700KES every month.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfer in that, I nolonger think about paying rent every month and use the money for other things like paying my children's fee since I managed to build my decent house.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, what GiveDirectly did well is by sending money directly to the recipient's M-pesa which was safe and allowing everyone to use the money the way he or she wants.
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second cash transfer to purchase a sofa set 9500KES,a calf 14000KES, bed 4000KES,mattress 4000KES,paid dowry 10000KES,invested 8000KES in my business, food 500KES.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that my husband was able to pay dowry and now he is respected and accepetd by my family members.
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used my token to pay secondary school fees KES 3400, bought cushions KES 1050, 3 bags of cement KES 2100, sand KES 1200, paid labor charges KES 1750 and food KES 350.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to use my upcoming lump-sum payment to buy a new set of chairs, organize my dowry payment and revive my second hand clothes business.
access_time almost 5 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to make a donkey cart so I can earn money by transporting water for my neighbours. I also plan to revive my clothe business that collapsed due to capital.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
I am proudest that I taught my spouse to save money and that has helped us to purchase cows and goats which we can sell incase of an emergency.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face in life is that I am down financially because my business collapsed due to lack of capital.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when my family gather for dinner and for a small talk.