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Hellen's family
Casual labour
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($468 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent my third transfer on purchasing food for the family consumption and paid fees for my child to avoid being sent away because of the arrears. I also bought utensils and used most of the transfer on building a spacious three bedroomed house.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different than it would have if I never received the transfer in that, I eat well, my child is not sent away because of the fee arrears unlike before and I also stay in a nice house that I constructed with the third transfer.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, what GiveDirectly did well was sending the transfer directly to the recipient without involving the village administratives that demand for bribe from the recipient so as to be enrolled in the program and the money is also sent on time.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time almost 6 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
From my second transfer, I spent 13,200 KES to pay school fees, bought iron sheets at 13,750 KES, bought timber at 9,000 KES, bought household utensils 4,800 KES, bought school textbooks at 2,200 KES, bought trunk box at 3,200 KES, bought 1 sack of maize at 2,600 KES, and the remaining 950 KES i spent on food and other household expenditures.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I have cleared this year's school fees and my children were not sent home, and also I have bought all building materials
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time 6 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent 2,000 KES to pay school fees, bought a cupboard for 5,000 KES and bought a bag of maize for 2,000 KES. The rest was spent on buying food.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to enlarge my house and also complete payment of school fees for my daughter.
access_time over 6 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I plan to use part of the money to clear fees areas in college and pay school fees for my son who is in form two then use the remaining to build a four roomed semi-permanent house.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The greatest achievement am proud of is, I build this two roomed iron sheet house, I used to live in a small grass thatched house.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship am facing is, I don't have a stable income hence paying school fees for my children and feeding is so hard.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is when am doing my household chores.