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53150 KES ($530 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that I established a home and no longer pay rent as before. The struggle of paying rent is a thing of the past. My status has changed from homelessness to a descent house in my own compound. This has increased the human dignity in me and self-esteem which makes me feel respected. The lost glory has been restored as I can plan for my daily activities without fear of eviction due to fail in paying rent on time.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Givedirectly has used the most efficient and effective way of reaching the poor with the transfers without giving chance to grabbers and fraudsters. People's faces are full of hope and happiness. There is joy in this community as people talk of ideas and best ways of investments unlike before when hunger, suffering and worries was the order of the day. I have not made any observation on want never worked well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the transfer on starting a small scale businesses of dry fish. Most of the people living in this region like fish and therefore identified this opportunity. This has become my source of income and self a employment as well. I used to offer casual labor services in the sugarcane plantations that was tedious and unpredictable with meager earnings that could not sustain my family's basic needs. I feel so relieved of stress and worries on how to provide for my family.
55000 KES ($549 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I was homeless and had nowhere to land on, but God in heaven gave me a helping hand from GiveDirectly and now I have somewhere to call a home. I lived a very miserable life, no husband, no child and nobody to seek help from. Sometimes I could go without a meal, the thing which could not happen now. I have a different life, and I plan to start fish business which I used to do before the death of my only son. Long life to GiveDirectly, long life to Donors!.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was very happy and a light of hope shined on me. I was home less but this money brought a real home in my heart even before it landed in my hands. I feel very confident now that a life of hope has sprouted in me. I have built my own house, where I shall be buried when I will die.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used my first transfer to buy building materials for my new house. I was homeless who used to live in a house offered to me by a good Samaritan who is was not even my relative at the market center. My husband died so many years ago and two years later, my son died too. Nobody was ready to give me support but now I have where I call a home.
access_time 8 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have been dreaming to have my own home since the demise of my husband. However, this has been unfulfilling dream. By receiving this money, I shall spend it on building a new descent house in my piece of land. This will relieve me from the burden of paying rent year in year out.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when my friends visit me and we interact freely. I feel very happy at this moment, because it is the time that I always forget the moments of loneliness that I do experience in the morning hours when everyone goes to their farms while I remain indoors. Visits from my friends is in itself a source of inspiration and encouragement, that life is ever beautiful when friends hang around you.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is difficulty in paying rent and acquisition of food for myself. I am advanced in age and I do not have any source of income since the closure of my fish mongering business. I currently rely on well wishers in order to pay rent as well as to obtain food.