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Samuel
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labour
faceAge:
28
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($468 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
When I received my third transfer, I enrolled myself to a driving school. I had been longing to able to drive a vehicle which I can proudly say that I am capable of doing now.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I live more comfortably. Initially, I was living a stressful kind of life but now I thank God for what Give Directly has done to me. I am more skilled than before and now through these skills of driving, I am able to fend for myself and my household members. This is how my life is different than it would have been if I never received transfers from Give Directly.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, I can say that Give Directly does well by sending us money directly just like its name. This has increased the confidentiality that we needed, however, I would personally request if possible it reduces the number of lumpsums from 2 to 1 so that we may be able to accomplish bigger projects.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($491 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
Most of the transfer I spent to buy sand to use in plastering my whole house for it not to be dusty and for my wife not to spend time smearing the house with cowdung. I also bought cement, ballast, food, steel door, steel windows, window panes and paid laborers building my house.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I use to live in a small house which was very uncomfortable for me and my family, but now I live in a bigger and decent house
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time almost 4 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spend my first transfer on buying a mattress at 6000 KES, bought a table at 1200 KES, bought half a suck of maize grain at 1850 KES, bought 3 chiken at 750 KES and the remaining 200 KES on food.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
Am planning to start up a retail shop, buying sofa set seats and going to a driving school with my second transfer.
 
Enrolled
access_time 4 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I would like to use part of the money to cement my house to avoid frequent maintance. Secondly l would wish to go college and further my studies. Lastly l would like to use the rest of the money to buy food for my family.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is that l have struggled to build my own house.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship in life is limited source of income to sustain my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the morning when all my family members are in good shape.