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53075 KES ($512 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My priority has been paying school fees for my son who is in university since I believe that a quality education leads to a successful life. I am happy that Give Directly came to my rescue when my son was on the verge of not sitting for his end of semester examination due to the lump-sum arrears he had in school. Paying a bit of the arrears made him sit for the exams and now he has already completed his university education. All my gratitude goes to GiveDirectly for sponsoring part of my child's education. I am glad that my son have completed his studies which makes me hopeful that soon he will get a job that will transform his life better.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDircetly did well by putting in consideration at the enrollment stage to be voluntary as this made beneficiaries to join the program with their free will. On the other hand recruiting field officers who were experts lead to genuinely poor and unfortunate households in the community to be picked and benefit from the project.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on paying school fees for son who wain the university 23,000 KES . I paid labors and bought building materials which facilitated the completion of the construction of my kitchen where my elder children are now sleep in comfortably without any interference unlike before when they were sleeping in the living room which forced them to wake up very early in the morning and go to bed late most especially when there were visitors. I also bought food with the remaining amount.
55000 KES ($548 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that the business that I boosted with the money has picked so well and the income has improved.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment when I received the money I felt so happy because I didn't expect it, and I was really experiencing a lot of financial challenges.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I'm a newspaper vendor and I had run out of cash to buy more stock, so I used part of the money on boosting my business and it's now doing well. I bought a cow t a cost of 20000 KES for rearing with an aim of getting enough milk after it has given birth, so I won't budget for milk.
access_time 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I shall be able to improve my business which shall enable me feed my family and pay school fees to my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is usually during the day while customers buy newspapers, having the clients is a pointer to having money to buy for the family food in the evening.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship has been providing for my family since the prolonged rainfall affected newspaper delivery and at times my family would go without food.