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Margaret's family
Margaret
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
56
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
47900 KES ($477 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent part of my third transfer on cementing my house since I was tired of smearing it everytime which was involving. I also fixed steel windows and doors. I am glad that right now my house is nolonger dark and stuffy most of the time due to lack of windows and I have a steel door since the previous one was wooden. Finally, the remaining amount went on food for the family's consumption.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($493 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on cementing the walls and floor of my house which were hard to smear everytime and finally fixed windows in my house. I can say that I enjoy the free flow of air in my house unlike before .
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, what GiveDirectly did well was uplifting the living standards of the people in our village through unconditional cash transfers.
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 never received the transfer in that, I managed to renovate my house hence I nolonger think about smearing my house anymore and with the window that I fixed currently their is plenty of fresh air that flows in my house.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($98 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying cement and sand that I used to plaster my earthen floor. It was so dusty as the dust was too much and unhealthy.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my money, I was so happy that I had received money in lump sum. In my whole life I have never received such an amount at once.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I stay in a dust free house after plastering my house.
 
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access_time over 6 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to buy sand and cement which I will use to plaster my house. The remaining transfers will be used to buy two dairy cows which will provide my family with milk and I can also sell the surplus. I will also use part of the transfers to pay school fees for my children.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
My proudest achievement is having been a successful farmer and managed to buy household items like chairs, plates and tables with proceeds from the sale of my crops.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face right now is lack of enough money to pay school fees for my son who is in secondary school and my daughter who is about to do her class eight examination. If I am unable to raise the required fees they may have to defer their studies.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I am together with my family as we chat and thank the Lord for blessing us.