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Samwel
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
48
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($465 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
When I received my third transfer, I enrolled my son in a secondary school with 10000 KES and finished the completion of my main house. I have built a better house of 40 iron sheets and I am happy that I live in a cleaner house-the former had a rusted roof which was unhealthy to us.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfer because, I have managed to complete the construction of my main house, a dream that has been hard to achieve in my life for long. I was longing to move from a house of a rusted iron roof to one made of new iron sheets, I am glad I have achieved the dream. Besides, I am happy of my new wealth, an increase in the number of livestock I have acquired-goats and sheep.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, what Give Directly does well is that it sends us money directly and therefore it reaches us intact however, I urge it reaches more people who need the help since the slot window is narrow.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($486 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent all my second transfer on building a new house because the previous one was old with rusted iron sheets. I am feeling very happy and proud of achieving this goal.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference is the self esteem I have gained after building my new house. I am no longer looked down upon as a very poor man in the village who could not afford a better shelter. Thanks to GD for lifting my burdens.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($96 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying a half bag of maize, fishing nets and I also bought a steel door that am planning to renovate my house with
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt very happy when I received the cash because this gave me hope for renovating my house that was in a very bad shape
 
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access_time over 2 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
Firstly, we plan to use part of the transfer to build a new house, because this one is in a bad condition. Secondly, we intend to use another part of the transfer to plough our farms. Lastly, we plan to use the remaining amount to start a grain-selling business.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement we are very proud of is, having bought a cow that is currently providing us with milk, using our income from the sale of maize, that we cultivated.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship we have faced is, inability to enrol our son, who did his class eight last year, to secondary school, due to inadequate income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evenings, when I am relaxing together with my family, after my casual work.