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Hellen
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
44
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
48200 KES ($466 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent most of my third transfer to buy clay soil to renovate my house. I bought glass panes which I have fixed on my door and windows, I bought a sack of maize for consumption. The remaining amount, I gave my son, tithe and made a down payment on sofa set that am planning to buy.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that, I now live in a bigger and more beautiful house as compared to the one I was living in which was almost falling down. I would not have built this house without the transfer
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has brought alot of changes in our community through cash transfer which has enabled recipients to build their houses, GD was sending money directly to recipients which is very secretive and nobody could know that the money had been sent and also GD targeted the low income household. I have not seen anything that GD has not done well.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
50000 KES ($488 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer on fixing steeldoors and windows for security reasons and spent the larger percentage of the amount on plastering the floor to avoid smearing it everytime and also prevent fleas from invading the house.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I nolonger think about smearing my floor anymore because I managed to plaster it.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
10000 KES ($96 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying fertilizer which I use on top dressing my rice field .
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was very happy when I received my transfer as my rice at top dressing stage and I didn't have any cash to. Thanks a lot to GD.
 
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access_time over 2 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I plan to buy part of the transfer to buy sand ,cement,concrete stones and pay for labour for my house to be cemented.I will also use the rest to improve in my rice farming project.I always do small scale farming in rice,but this time I will do a large scale farming.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
Through farming,I managed to educate my daughter upto form four.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is that I do not have a stable income.This worries me because I do not know how my children will survive in future.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the evening after coming from work.