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53150 KES ($524 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has totally changed for the better. I am now raising a happier and healthier family than it was before i received the transfer. The whole family is happy and I am a proud father.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has no partiality at all. All the households were treated the same in the entire village. On what did not go well, I just feel that GiveDirectly should add us additional funds. The transfers should come thrice or four times for each household for tangible developments.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used part of my transfer to celebrate Christmas with my family. I saw this as an opportune moment to make my family happy during the festive season. We have always been visiting other relatives who we thought were well off during such days to at least have a taste of how it feels to celebrate. I also bought new clothes for all the members of my family I felt so happy bringing my family together during Christmas. For once, i have known the joy of meeting some family needs however little they may be. I also used part of the remaining amount to purchase livestock. The livestock is a savings plan for me to help me gather for other family needs in the days to come. This also brought to an end the endless shortage of milk which is an essential commodity for my family. For a long time, I have been buying milk from my neighbor which is more costly and a little shameful for me.
55000 KES ($540 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life has changed big time. My economic level lifted courtesy of GiveDirectly. I have new clothes, a new house in the tunnel and enough food for us. Initially, things were tough and hardly would we get enough because of the meager earnings from tedious & laborious casual work. I am even at rest and able to attend to my own work having been freed from casual work by the transfer we received. Our lives have changed for the better. Thank you for the funds, we are grateful!
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was happy to receive cash from GiveDirectly. I had switched off my phone before going to sleep. When I switched it on in the morning, the first notification message I got was cash receipt confirmation. I let my family know and we immediately planned to go buy a nice meal for the day to celebrate. Thank you for the transfer.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
The first transfer that GiveDirectly sent me helped me to build a house because the thatched hut we have been living in is leaky and old. We are building a better one with iron roofing and earth walls - which is 20 times better than what we are currently working with. We also bought maize meal and clothes because we needed them. I bought two goats too. They are an investment for us. Once they reproduce and have grown, I will sell them so as to cater for school fee for our children.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am very happy to be among those who will be receiving this cash transfer. Now I'll be able to build a nice shelter for my family and keep some goats.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I am back from my farm and carrying with me some foodstuffs for my family to take for supper.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My wife got very sick in the year 2010 and got admitted in the hospital. She had intestinal infection and required urgent operation for her to be cured. This operation was very costly and as a result I had to sell almost all of my availlable assets in order to clear the medical bill. This for me is the biggest hardship I have ever experienced.