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53150 KES ($521 USD)
access_time 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
If I would not receive money from Give directly I could not have managed to buy motorcycle and I could still be operating somebody else motorcycle which was not profitable. But now I am happy I have my own motorcycle that I operate the way I want and getting enough money to take care of my family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion give directly procedure of recruiting people was free and fair, their staffs were not corrupted. The process was also very secret, mostly their way of sending money which was M-pesa was the best because it is very convenient and safe. I did not see anything that Give directly did not do well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
The first transfer I spent to buy second hand motorcycle but when I received the second transfer I sold the first one and added some money to the second transfer and spent the whole of it to buy a new motorcycle. I thought of buying a new motorcycle because for the short time I was operating the second hand one it was breaking down every now and then and this was forcing me to spend a lot of money repairing it. Since I bought a new motorcycle I have never experience any technical problem. I am able to get enough money to take care of my family and also able to pay school fee for my children with ease as compared to when I was operating somebody's else motorcycle or even when I was operating my second hand motorcycle.
55000 KES ($545 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I am now making more money because I don't have to give any money to anyone because the motorcycle is my mine. I also make enough money which I can also save to purchase another one in future. I am more happy and living a less stressful life because I can now make enough money to sustain my family.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had mixed feelings because my wife had just left me because of the money,but at the same time,I was happy because this was an opportunity for me to change my life.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used the money I received to purchase a second-hand motorcycle which I am currently using for a taxi business.I was using a hired one before which was very expensive because I was expected to pay KES400 daily.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I shall no longer hire the motor bike that I have been using since I am going to buy my own so that I will not have the daily burden of hire. This will see improved earning to my family to meet food, medical and educational needs.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is usually in the evening while we gather together as a family to a meal.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is using hired motor bike yet I have to remit five hundred shillings cash even when there is no work, sometimes you get home without money to a family that expects something from you.