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Sidi's family
Subsistence farming
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($474 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I did not have any new goals when I received this transfer as I wanted to complete the house that I had started building with the first transfer because the house we were living in previously was in very bad condition and was giving me sleepless nights. So, I resolved to complete the new and better house so as to get peace of mind. The other goal was to get some livestock but due to the current state of drought in our area, that plan is still pending subject to a change in the climate.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly is doing us great things and I do not see anything that it does not do well. It is, in my opinion, very excellent and I am particularly grateful for the assistance it gave to me. I am so happy and settled.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Completing the house is what I can say took a huge chunk of the transfer. It cost a total of KES35000 for materials and labor charges. I wanted to get this new and better house because the one we have been living in was in a very bad condition that kept deteriorating and was giving me sleepless nights. There was no difference between sleeping in the house and out in the open, therefore, for my peace of mind, I resolved to complete this new and better house. Also, I kept aside KES15000 to buy some livestock when the situation of drought in our area improves because livestock is an investment in our area and it is something that I will be able to depend on in the future, as well as in them, the assistance I got from GiveDirectly will live on.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($498 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was in my house washing my clothes, I remember it was about 9 o'clock when I heard my phone vibration. I was busy with my household chores so I decided not to bother myself with the phone. Likewise, I am illiterate and I had not operated a mobile phone before. I waited until 12noon when my spouse returned home to check my phone and informed me that I have received my transfer. I felt very happy for receiving my transfer.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am living a happy life after renovating my house with the help of the transfer. Previously, I was spending sleepless nights due to the poor condition of my house. This bothered me a lot since my job as a firewood vendor couldn't give me enough income to repair the shelter. Currently, I am no longer stressed up whenever I received visitors because my house is in a better condition.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have desired to renovate my 3 roomed house by putting up a new roof but I lacked the financial capacity to acquire the building materials. This is because my house had a leaking roof due to the old, rusty iron sheets. I was spending sleepless nights, especially during the long rainy season. I had to seek shelter from my neighbor whenever I received guests due to the bad condition of my house. After receiving the transfer, I bought 26 iron sheets at KES 1,250 each, timbers, nails, and paying labour charges for the construction of a new roof. In addition, I bought some new clothes for myself since I was wearing worn-out ones and lacked confidence wherever I am in a group of people. I spent part of the remaining amount to support the education of my child who is in tailoring college in Mombasa The remaining assisted me to purchase enough food for the family.
access_time 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have never slept in a mattress bed before in my house and receiving this money means I will buy a new bed and a matress for my room and the remaining amount I will buy livestock as a source of wealthy for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest time is in the morning when I get breakfast with my husband before he leaves for his duties.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have been grown in a poor family since I was born and has passed difficulty life before I was married