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landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labor
faceAge:
61
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Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53200 KES ($482 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different now because I have managed to build a decent kitchen house for my family using my transfer, unlike before where we were forced to cook outside the house. I then bought other household items which I didn't have like furniture, clothes, and foodstuffs. My health too has improved because I went for specialized treatment, I am so happy and thankful that I was able to accomplish my goal within a short period, I am grateful that GiveDirectly has lifted my living standard to a better and higher level in my society.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
With the Aid from GiveDirectly, I was able to accomplish so much, they are friendly and dedicated to serving society, so far I haven't seen anything that has not been done correctly. All I can say is that I am grateful for the impact that you brought on my life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The moment I received my transfer I knew that I will be able to accomplish all that I had planned, I, therefore, build a kitchen house using KES 20,000, I can proudly say that I now have a spacious kitchen, I can comfortably cook without the smoke affecting those in the main house, I also have a space where I can store other household items too. I then used KES 4000 on medication, lastly, I used the remaining part of the transfer in buying clothes, furniture, and foodstuffs. I am happy that the transfer has changed our living status, I am grateful for the support.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($510 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer was one of the best in my life. I was so happy, thanked God, and prayed that He may help GiveDirectly to do more even in other villages that were still expecting their turn to be enrolled. To date, I am still grateful that for the steps I have made since I received the first transfer.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is the great happiness I had been enjoying after receiving the transfer. All the joy is derived from the great impact made by the money I received. The steps I have taken would not have been possible any sooner but I am glad that GiveDirectly came in to make everything possible within a very short time
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Upon receiving the first transfer, I spent part of it on purchasing construction materials. I obtained 14 iron sheets, timber, and nails. After completing the construction of a new house, I purchased a new piece of furniture, clothing, foodstuff and also managed to obtained farm tools and equipment with part of the remaining amount. I also supported the funeral arrangement after losing a relative with the remaining amount.
 
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access_time 6 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
This is the happiest day of my life, and having a once in a lifetime opportunity to become a recipient of such a windfall is a dream come true. My husband and I have agreed to spend the money to buy furniture for our empty house. This will bring to an end the shame and guilt and shame of not wanting to host any guests in our home. Buying 3 comfortable sofa seats and 2 tables will cost about $75. Since we haven't had a decent meal in a while, we will use $46 to buy 2 sacks of maize for consumption. This is what receiving this money means to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Since developing health challenges some years ago, my husband has played a vital role in providing for me. He goes out every morning to undertake manual jobs like fencing people's farms where he makes about $1.5 and $2 on a good day. The happiest part of my day is in the evening when he comes home with food to make the day's meal. He is a hardworking person.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
When I had a severe headache 8 years ago, my life has since taken a sorry trajectory. What began as a headache has resulted in incessant dizziness and occasional partial blindness so much so that I cannot undertake my household chores and daily routine as comfortable as I would. This has also affected my working on my farm as I cannot bend nor strain to cultivate for a long time, leaving me to over depend on my 62 year- old husband who for food a care –against my wish as I would love to have the freedom and ability to run my own affairs. This is not the life of dignity I would envisage as I grow old. This has been the biggest hardship I have faced in my life.