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Kahindi's family
Kahindi
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Casual labor
faceAge:
19
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($493 USD)
access_time 4 days 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 than it would have been if I had not received my transfer in that, I was able to construct two two-roomed houses one for my parent and the other for myself and my brothers since used to stay in the same house with our parents. Also, we now have enough food for the family as we used to depend on my father who is temporary casual labour. In some instances, we could go without food or even borrow from our neighbours when my father fails to secure a job.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly doing an amazing job by sending cash transfers. It has helped many poor households in our area and I was able to gain a lot from the transfer. I don't see anything wrong since we were given enough training on how best to use the transfer.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent $25 to construct a big house for myself by purchasing 20 iron sheets, building poles, timber, and labor charges since I was still staying in my parent's house despite being a mature man. This because of lack of sufficient finances to construct a good house. With the remaining amount, I bought enough food stock for my family as we experience drought in our area.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($501 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around midday and I heard a message come into my phone. When I checked the message it was the Mpesa message and I was very very happy. I immediately started planning on how I would spend the money.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Finish Build a house, The biggest difference in my daily life is that I was able to complete to complete building the house that was unfinished in my compound.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent my transfers to complete building a house that I had initially started building, but I could not complete building as I did not the finances to enable me complete. I also paid school fees for my younger siblings. I am the first born in my home and I was very happy that I was able to assist my parents.
 
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access_time 7 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Our house collapsed a year ago due to heavy rainfall. This forced us to build a very small structure as temporary shelter, little did we know that it would become our permanent house. Since then we live in a very poor house that is not fit for human life. The walls are damaged and the roof is almost blown away making it a threat to our security. This has forced 5 of us to seek shelter in our neighbour's house. Receiving this money therefore means constructing a good to achieve our life long dream.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon after taking lunch. I enjoy this time mostly when I am relaxing under a shade and enjoying the cool breeze.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Financial constraint is our biggest hardship. Our parents depend on casual jobs and they do not earn enough to sustain us. This has resulted to us lacking good parental care because my mother was forced to find a job to supplement my father's income. I therefore resorted to a responsibility of taking care of my siblings while they are away. Balancing between studies and this role is not easy. It would have been different if my parents had stable sources of income.