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48200 KES ($468 USD)
access_time almost 7 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
When I received my third transfer, I completed the construction of my main house that was giving me a sleepless night. I was wondering where to get more money to complete the project and therefore I am very grateful to Give Directly for bankrolling me.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Initially, I lived in a tiny house due to my destitution status but when I received money from Give Directly, I noticed a difference in my life than it would have been if I never received it. I built a bigger house with numerous rooms and adequate space for my household members. Generally, I can say that I live more comfortably.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my own opinion, what Give Directly does well is that it strives to visit everyone in the village whether present or absent and this ensures that the targeted poor are not left out in the transfer program, however, I would urge them to intensifies monitoring and evaluation of their programs which I still feel is below par. It needs to visit everyone to observe their progress.
50000 KES ($481 USD)
access_time 7 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent a large portion of my second transfer on buying building materials that i am intending to use on building a much spacious house for my growing family,moreover the current house is in a bad condition,I also paid my wife's dowry and spent the remaining money on food.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is having bought the building materials in readiness for building my new house and finally being a recognized son in-law after paying my wife's dowry.
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time over 7 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying 2 sheep 4000 KES,paid my children school fees 2000 KES and use 3000 KES to buy food and cloths for my family.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
Am planning to spend my upcoming transfer on buying 2 bulls for farming and building a new house.
access_time over 7 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to buy sand, cement and lime which I will use to plaster my house. The remaining transfers will be used to buy a generator which I will use to provide electricity for my house. If there are any funds remaining I plan on buying an ox which I will use when tilling my farm.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is having been a successful farmer, I plant sweet potatoes and maize and I usually get a bumper harvest. I have even managed to buy a public address system with money I got after selling my farm produce, this public address system usually earns me some income whenever I hire it out to various people holding events.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face right now is lack of enough money to pay school fees for my daughter who should be joining secondary school next year, I fear that she may have to defer her studies if I am unable to raise the required fees.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening after finishing any tasks that I had planned for the day. I usually get to relax with my family and friends as we wait for dinner and this makes me very happy.