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Karembo
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($485 USD)
access_time 22 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Had I not received the money I would not be having a decent house. The previous house I had was leaking in the roof and the walls too had holes all over. When I received the first transfer I spent it on the building materials which I used to construct a new house. Through the first transfer I was able to construct a better house that does not leak.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly does well in giving money to individuals. This gives them a chance to make decision concerning their lives without anyone deciding to them on what to do with their money. On the other hand there is no area I have ever seen them not doing well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have grown up children but they do not have a place to sleep. At times they are forced to sleep in neighbour's houses. When I received the second transfers I took advantage of it and spent it on the building materials that I am currently using to construct a house for them. I will be at peace knowing that they have a safe place to sleep in. Part of the money I spent on goats for rearing. With our climatic condition, it is easier to raise goats since they do not require a lot of care. Once they are let free to graze in the morning they only come back on the evening. Besides, they are also a good source of investment because they give birth twice a year.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($501 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 7 AM when I heard my phone vibrating continuously. Since I could read the content of the message my son's assistance came in handy as he took the initiative of confirming to me what the notification was all about. On checking, he realized it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I was over-excited and all I could do at the moment was to laugh on top of my voice. 
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now own a decent big house. Being a single parent and depending on the casual jobs I could not imagine that I would own it anytime soon. It's still unbelievable to me. Before the coming of GiveDirectly, I used under a very small house with a single room and it could not accommodate some of my children. During the winter season, we never hard peace because we could be rained on most of the time. it was really hectic. Secondly, there was no privacy in my house since the house was single-roomed. I am now grateful because the new house is spacious enough and I no longer have to worry about the rains and harsh climate.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials, such as building poles, iron sheets, nails, and timber. This was for the construction of a new house because the current one was almost collapsing and very small. I later the masson KES 12000 as his labor charge. Later on, I bought some new school uniforms for my children to replace the old ones which were torn and cleared their school fees as well. I am now using the remaing amount of money of buying enough foodstuff for my family.
 
Enrolled
access_time 5 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have desired to build a bigger house spacious enough to accommodate me with my six children. Receiving this money means my desire will be fulfilled because I intend to use 50,000 Kenya shillings to build a four-roomed house that will accommodate my family comfortably. I will use the remaining amount for our basic needs such as food and clothing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I usually spend the better part of my day far away from my children on the farm. It is in the evening when I return home after a busy day and spend time with them as I relax making it the best part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I mostly rely on charcoal vending and farming which is largely affected by rainfall for a living. Sometimes when there is no rain I get low yields and the income I get per month in charcoal vending is 4,000 Kenya shillings which is not enough to sustain our needs. This has hindered me on expanding my house thus my biggest hardship I have ever faced in my life is lack of enough resources to meet my family needs.