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Faith
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kenya
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Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 4 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different than how it would have been if I never received the transfers in that I have build a better and spacious house for my family. We used to live in a small grass thatched house which was leaking from the inside. During the rainy season it was so hectic. At some point I could shy off to welcome visitors to my house because there was no space to host them. Whenever we had family meeting I could host them outside the house. This was so demoralizing and stressful. When I received the second transfer I bought all the materials needed and build a better house. Currently I no longer get stress up on where my visitors can spend a night or have a meeting. My children also have their on private life. I have peace of mind to do my daily activities without any stress like before. GiveDirectly has changed our living standard to be much better.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly does well by giving money to the poor in the community to build better houses and to pay school fees for children. I do not find anything that GiveDirectly did not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spend the money I received from GiveDirectly to build a better and spacious house for my family. We used to live in a small grass thatched house which was leaking from inside. The rest of the money I paid school fees for my spouse who was pursuing a course at the College. I am so happy because GiveDirectly has changed our living standard. It has enabled us to own a decent house which could not have been possible soon.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($502 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was exactly 2 PM when I was relaxing on my bed after the day's activities then I heard a message notification on my mobile phone. Without wasting time, I decided to check, its content. Only to realize it was the Mpesa message from GiveDirectly I felt so happy and I remember calling my spouse to share the good news.
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 am now a proud owner of a dairy cow. This is what I have been yearning to rear for quite a long time but I could not afford it because of the poverty life that has stricken my household. I am now optimistic that my life will transform very soon since currently I am getting the benefits. I am getting lots of milk whereby some litres are for my family's consumption and the remaining litres fro commercial purposes. I will be saving the money from the sale of the milk and buy a piece of land that is achievable and very soon I will own it.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying a dairy cow at KES 30000. I have been yearning to own it for years but I could not afford it because it was too costly. Later on, I bought some building materials such as iron sheets, several building poles, nails, and timber. This was for the construction of a new house because the previous one had a leaky roof and it was hectic especially in the enter seasons because I was always rained on. I also tooka portion of the transfer and paid college fees for my spouse. Finally, I bought foodstuff with the remaining amount of money.
 
Enrolled
access_time 6 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I will the transfers to build a house, a dairy cow and start a small business. I have been thinking of doing these but because I don't have work, I can save enough to implement these plans. Once I get this money my priority will be to build modern house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is at 10am. This is the time when I have planned my day and already I have the picture of what my day look like on terms of allocation of daily chores.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship is lack of school fees. I dropped out of Collage in 2019 due to lack of school fees. This was the most challenging time because education is my only hope out of abject poverty. It is so sad that upto now I haven't cleared fees for my high school education that is why I don't own a high school certificate.