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48200 KES ($468 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent my third transfer on fencing my home to enhance security and maintain peace with the neighbors who were full of complains on my livestock movements into their farms and destroying their crops. Besides that, I reduced the burden I had on payment of school fee for my two children in secondary school. I am happy that they are no longer sent home for school fee neither do they miss their exams for failure to complete paying their school fee in good time.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life would have been so different and full of frustrations would I not have received the transfer. I can clearly testify that up to date I would have still been querelling with my neighbors who had threatened to make it a police case should I fail to cage my livestock who destroyed their crops.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, Givedirectly has worked so well in ensuring that a nice protocol is followed in to make sure that even the most vulnerably members of the society are reached and given opportunities to be enrolled into the program as opposed to other organisations who tend to ignore vulnerable cases. One thing I would recommend for the organisation is an extended transfer period of say 5 installments, to ensure that projects began by recipients are well accomplished.
50000 KES ($481 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
What did you spend your second transfer on?
When I received my second transfer, I fenced the whole of my compound at total cost of 30000 KES. I decided to do this in order to remain secure. I cleared school fees balances for my 2 children in a secondary school with the remaining amount. I did this since a child without education is nothing in this world. I am happy since I expect them to live a better life in the future, courtesy of Give Directly.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I was one kind of a person whose home was so much open and people could just walk in and out of it. This could make our lives insecure including my household items. But I am now happy that since I fenced it, we have remained secure, our items have also been intact too. This is the biggest difference I can mention in my daily life after receiving my second transfer.
10000 KES ($99 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on secondary school fees for my child 6000 KES, transport charges back to school 1000 KES and food for my household 2800 KES.
What are you planning to spend your upcoming transfer on?
I am planning to spend my upcoming transfer on materials to build a new house for my second wife and start a small groceries business for her.
access_time over 2 years ago
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on paying school fees for my children. We have two children in high school, and paying their fees is a big problem for me.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of is building my own house, where I stay with my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing in my life is lack of money to pay school fees for our children in time. Sometimes they get sent away from school because I have outstanding balance.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I am strolling around the market centre after a hard day's work.