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Sharon
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labor
faceAge:
24
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($489 USD)
access_time 11 days ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I usually wake up very early and head to work on the farm. On this particular morning, I had a message come in at 8 a.m. I checked my phone and was so surprised to see that I had received KES 55,000 from GiveDirectly. I was so happy to receive a donation of such magnitude.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
My husband, two children and I live in a tiny, grass-thatched house. To make matters worse, the roof is leaky. Just last night, it rained heavily and so, sadly, I had to watch my children endure being rained on and the piercing cold. Before receiving this transfer, I had no money that would make it possible to change our living conditions. But now, I have bought the necessary material for the construction of a new house. I am excited to begin its construction and give my children a decent place to lay their heads.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My family of four has been living in a grass-thatched house, with a leaky roof. These conditions made me sad, however, I had no money to build another since I am unemployed. So I spent KES 40,000 on buying construction material for a new home. I plan to begin the construction process when I receive the second transfer. I also spent KES 5,000 on buying maize, wheat and sugar, to ensure we had enough food. And because our clothes were in terrible condition, I spent KES 5,000 on buying new ones.
 
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access_time 2 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will mean better housing for my family. We currently live in a small grass thatched hut with my husband and 2 children. I gave birth to our 2nd born two weeks ago and I find it unhealthy staying with them in this hut. When it rains water pours inside and the floor becomes wet making it unpleasant to stay. Our hut also serves as a kitchen and bedroom and when we cook the smoke makes it uncomfortable to stay indoors especially with a new born. I will use around KSH 30,000 for building materials to build an iron roofed house that can accommodate all of us and the hut we currently stay in will remain as the kitchen.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when my husband is back with food for the family. Each morning when he goes to look for work I'm worried but pray that he gets some income to support us through the next day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My husband struggles to fend for the family by doing casual jobs like working in people's farms, house construction or any job available to him within the village. In a day he gets an income of KSH 200 when he's lucky. We barely have food on the table and since I have a new born I have to eat to produce enough milk for her. I'm forced to start looking for a job now to help him in providing for the family. The biggest hardship we face is insufficient finances to sustain the family's needs such as food and good housing.