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53150 KES ($526 USD)
access_time 29 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has changed in that, I am now capable of doing my own things without being looked at as liability by my in-laws. My child is going to school, I have built a good house, and I have managed to lease land for sugarcane plantation.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has given poor people like us an opportunity also to have ability of getting things which to them, are left for those who are perceived in the society to be of high class. What people have done, is a clear indication that every body are entitled to better life, every parent needs his children to have quality education. And every body could possess anything depending on how much resources some one has.
To me, there is nothing organization should improve on. It has good structure, well disciplined staff and good Public Relations.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used my second transfer on school fees, sofa set and land. I am a widow and it was difficult to beg for money from my in-laws to pay fees for my son. I felt pain when I was with my child in the house at the time he was to be in school. There was a day when he was sent back home when examinations was on. Truly it was painful.
55000 KES ($544 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am staying in a new and more spacious house hence I do not have stress and a lot worries like before when I was staying in a house which was almost collapsing.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my money I was very excited.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my transfer on buying thirty iron sheets, nails, steel door, steel windows and polls that I used to build the new house because the house I was staying in was alost collapsing and the roof was also leaking when it rained. I also paid for labour. The remaining amount I paid school fees for my two children who are in Secondary School.
access_time 9 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a big breakthrough for me as I am going to be able to use the transfer in building a new house, pay school fees to my sons who are in high school form two and three respectively. I will buy a cow so that I get milk both for family use and sale to meet my other needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is usually in the afternoon when am able to get some work to do and am assured I shall have food for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship is having no reliable source of income so school fees and feeding of my children has been a burden and at times my children miss classes due to late payment of school fees.