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53150 KES ($519 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am so happy that I have collected all the materials to put up a house. I have all the materials only waiting to raise money for construction labor. I am hopeful that I will complete the house soon because everything is ready.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, moving from house to house to enroll the people to benefit was well done! The officers strictly made sure that all that were enrolled were genuine residents of the village. As a result, it is all the deserving people who got the transfers.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the money I received on buying building materials because I am planning to build a permanent house. I have been working towards this dream for a long time but I now see a lot of progress since I have almost all the material I needed at this time. I bought all the iron roofing sheets that I need. I then bought food for the household.
55000 KES ($542 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Being a teacher who has not been employed yet by the government is always a set back since it is hard to get a job in a well-paying institution. For this reason, I decided to expand my herd so as to get an extra income. I do get milk that I take to school and offset school fees arrears for my child who is in an academy. This is so far the biggest difference in my life at the moment. The money that I would have used to pay school fees goes towards cultivating nappier grass which in turn will serve as the livestock feeds.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was waken by a message alert which I immediately read to confirm its urgency since it had been sent at a quire hour unlike the messages I do receive . That when I knew GiveDirectly had sent me money . I was happy since I knew most of my plans that were delayed due to financial constraints I would achieve them with the money .
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent 45,000 KES of my first transfer to buy a dairy cow and expand my herd from one livestock to two . On a daily basis , I get five litters from the livestock which I take to school to offset my child's school fees arrears . The remaining amount I bought food for my family's consumption and clothing too .
access_time 9 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Since my husband realized that a friend of his recently struggled to find a skilled welder to make windows for his new house, we saw a gap that needs to be filled. Receiving this transfer means purchasing a welding machine to provide all the welding solutions in a shopping center near home and surrounding community. It would be my joy to seem my husband become self employed.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I work as a secretary in a local secondary school and at the moment schools are closed for holiday. Accordingly, this has given me an opportunity to run my home affairs especially work in my maize farm and closely monitor our livestock, which has resulted in increased production. This translates to more income and food security This fills my day with happiness.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Droughts occur almost twice every year. When it happens livestock's production declines due to grass and water pans drying up. A decline in the major source of income affect school attendance and food security of my children.