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53150 KES ($530 USD)
access_time 12 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that I have a spacious house for my family. I used to live in a one-roomed which was congested and I am now glad since I have a separate bed room for my children and a store room to keep my belongings. I can also welcome visitors comfortably unlike in the past when I used to be embarrassed whenever I had visitors since they used to go to sleep with my neighbor. I also bought enough food for my family and I have started saving the income from my business something I did not do in the past since I used to spend all the money I get on food.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give Directly does well in that the enrollment process was fare and they sent the money as they promised. I do not see anything that Give Directly does not do well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used my second transfer to buy building materials such as cement. I used my first transfer to start building the house but I had not completed the construction since I did not have enough money since the income from my business was little. I was living in a small house and could barely accommodate all my family members. I also bought clothes for my family and they can now dress decently unlike in the past when my children could put on old and worn out clothes.
55000 KES ($539 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have a better house for my family, the have a good space to sleep.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the money I felt so happy because I knew I would be able to buy building materials to build a better house, I used to live in a small thatched house which was not good for the family.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
Spend your first transfer on buying building materials to build a better house for my family, and the remaining amount I bought food and clothes for the family.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
It is good news that I am one of GD recipients because receiving this money will enable me to expand my bread business. I bake some bread and supply neigboring shops and villages. This therefore means that my life will change because I have enough capital to expand my business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when I have supplied all my customers with bread. I take this time to relax and listen to the radio.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I have ever faced in my life is that I had to struggle financially while studying at Oloomirani Secondary School since my parents could not afford my fees. I regard this as a challenge because my parents had to sell the only cow we had so that I could go to school.