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53150 KES ($526 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that, I could have been a dead man by now, but I am a live because of GD. Cancer is a deadly disease and it's management requires a lot of resources which by then was limited.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has given us the equal chance to access the money resource unconditionally. People have used the transfer to address various economic issues, and economic transformation has been far realized. I am sure that, after sometimes, the impact of the program will be noticed. People have taken their children to school with ease, and education is a long term investment. some who were sick are now alive because of the program.
The organization should have extended the program to a longer period for maximum benefit, unlike now where it's once and for all.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on medication. I was diagnosed with cancer and the money for special treatment was not available. I therefore decided to respond very fast for treatment using this transfer. I always attend clinic once in a month and thank GiveDirectly for the finance assistance that has enabled me to live now. It could have taken long time to mobilize relatives and friends for fundraising to facilitate my treatment.
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I bought a water tank hence I have enough water in my home I long go to fetch water from the stream like before. or buy at times because this sides we have water crisis.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my money I was very excited.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my transfer on building poultry house because I am planning to start the poultry business. I also bought the water tank worth 43,000kes for water security towards my project.
access_time 10 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means being self employed. I plan to spend my money on doing dairy and poultry farming.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when weeding my trees. I like conserving the environment.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life was being retrenched from my job. I found it difficult to continue with my normal life since I could not provide for the family as I used to do.