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53150 KES ($526 USD)
access_time almost 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Like any other ambitious parents, children's success is always my dream. At this age, education is the best gift for the children hence I always prioritize it. I am casual laborer as well as subsistence farmer and my income is always unpredictable and keeps on changing thus meeting needs with timelines has been a challenge. My children used to spend much time at home since I could not settle their fee on time. The greatest changes in my daily life ever since I received my transfer from GiveDirectly is seeing my children in shool pursue their dreams.I am glad that the transfer has given me efforts to support my children future this through education.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly has really shown a heart of helping the needy in the community. Unlike other organization, GD has fulfilled their promise and we appreciate the support.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I had started house construction using my first transfer but I could not complete since I had shared the money among many family needs. I took KES18000 of my second transfer to complete my house and KES15000 on household items; chairs, tables and beddings. Since I had children in various schools, I used another KES20000 to clear their school to allow have good time in school to study.I used the remaining part on farming to buy a heifer and on crop farming.
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that am very happy, less stressed and no more headaches from thinking alot.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my money I felt very happy and I informed my children about it in the morning and they were all happy.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to buy iron sheets, timber for building a house and paid school fees. I still have some of the money saved for building labor and dily upkeep.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means my two children can study without the burden of having to be sent away from school for lack of fees. The elder one is in college while another in secondary school.
Furthermore, my desire is to purchase a dairy cow which will sustain my family. I am quite conscious that Give Directly is here for a season and thus purchasing a cow will be my source of income to sustain us thereafter. Lastly, I intend to build a new house with the remaining amount.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening. Having finished my day's business without a hitch gives me a sense of fulfillment.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Back in 2012, two of my sons were in secondary school and it took a toll on me both psychologically and financially. I didn't know what to do. I wasted away in depression and what the doctors diagnosed to be blood pressure. It took until the end of the same year to regain my health. All these I suffered because I yearned for a better future for my children. This is the biggest hardship I have faced in my life.
It took the intervention of the villagers and relatives to tip the scales. A fundraiser was organized and some of my cattle sold for them to resume school.