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53150 KES ($530 USD)
access_time 12 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have renovated the roof of my house that was rusty and leaky. I have no worries that I shall be rained on during cold weather as before. This gives me courage and hope as I did not have any alternative source of income that could enable me make the improvements. I also used some part of the transfer to construct a separate kitchen that serves as a store. My valuables are never stained with smoke emitted when cooking. I spent the remaining part of the transfer to prepare my farms that I have already planted sugarcane on which will mature in the next two years and add to the financial security for my household.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Givedirectly used most efficient mode of transfer that is very secure and accurate. I have not observed anything worth mentioning for improvement.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the transfer on construction of a separate kitchen from the main house. I feel comfortable when cooking as smoke emitted does not stain my valuable items. I can as well store cooked food without fear of theft as there is a good locking system. I used the remaining part to buy food and nowadays I do not miss meals as before. I can afford breakfast, lunch and supper.
55000 KES ($549 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life now is that I am living comfortably in my house. I have been living in a grass thatched house which is too small and has a leaking roof. This has forced me to send my children to sleep at my neighbour's house because we did not have enough sleeping place in my house. This has impacted negatively in our friendship with my neighbour since he used to feel I was bothering him with my burdens. At times, he would intentionally sleep early so that my children would be stranded. In such cases, I have to go to another friend's house to find where they would sleep. I am glad that that kind of struggle I don't go through anymore. I have peace in my life.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I realized I had an unread message on my phone, I reluctantly checked. I knew it was the usual Safaricom message. To my dismay, it was not as I expected. On realizing it was a Mpesa message, I hurriedly checked. I could not believe my eyes as tears rolled down my cheeks. It was a moment I will never forget.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying building materials such as iron sheets, nails and timber which I used on replacing my roof and expanding my house. I have been living in a grass thatched house which is too small and could not accommodate my family well. My children have had to go look for a sleeping place at our neighbours because we could not fit well in my house. This has brought shame my life since my friends feel I am burdening them with my problems. It has affected our friendship negatively to extent that they avoid me. I am glad this has come to an end. I feel proud because I am able to provide for my family well.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that my life is going to change a great deal.I sold all the cows that I had to cater for medical bills for my children who ended up dying,I am now going to buy cows which will give me milk to take care of my grandchildren and also renovate my house as I have a leaky roof.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest of my day is in the afternoon when I am with my grandchildren storing together, they make me forget about memories of my children who died and also the pains that I normally have.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is when I lost my children who left me with grandchildren to take care of but also I don't have a source of income to help me do all that I need in mylife.