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53150 KES ($522 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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55000 KES ($537 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference is that initially I did not have a comfortable house that I could shelter in and was constantly affected by heavy rains but now I have built my own which is stable enough to withstand any heavy downpour.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I saw the message at around 6 am in the morning. On checking, it was from GiveDirectly, informing me that I had received my first transfer as promised. I jumped with happiness and thanked the Almighty God for receiving such a huge sum of money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
On receiving my first transfer, I purchased iron sheets and nails for building a new house for my family since by then, the house that I lived in was in a bad condition and I was constantly affected by heavy rains and because it was not stable, I feared that it would one day fall on us. Shelter to me and my family was a big challenge, thus, receiving this transfer created an opportunity for me to purchase building materials for constructing a comfortable house for my family. I also spent part of my transfer to buy a cow for milking and as an asset to the family.
access_time 11 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will able to provide for my family with ease. GD is a true source of inspiration; I will have the ability to complete my tailoring course at long last.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening because at this moment, my children are home from school and it is always a pleasure to have them around.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I've faced in life is lack of sustainable source of income to cater for my children. My husband is a tout in Mombasa and the income he gets is always inadequate. The tough economical situations have caused us a lot of despair; we sometimes lack basic needs.