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53150 KES ($533 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is better than how it was, before I used to live in a semi-permanent house with mad walls though cemented floor. I was not contented with that house so upon receiving my transfers I bought building materials to help in the construction of a permanent house. Currently, I live in a permanent iron roofed house. This makes me feel good.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GD is among the miracles I have seen in my life. Apart from my immediate family, no one has ever shown me gratitude in such a way. At first I thought it was a scum but when I received my first transfer and was able to withdraw it and even spend it, that is when I came to my senses that this money was so real. I sincerely have not seen anything that GD does not do well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
Upon receiving my recent transfers, I opted to improve my current semi-permanent house to a permanent house. On my own it would have taken years to raise enough resources but thanks to GD, it was a one off project. I bought all the needed materials and assembled them at my home. I outsourced for a good constructor and negotiated a good package with him. Currently, I am enjoying the comfort of my beautiful house. All thanks to GD.
55000 KES ($535 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that l am stress free because l manage to pay school fee arrears.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment l received the money l was very happy that l went to share with my neighbor to confirm if it is true, because to me it was like a dream.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent most of the transfer on sugarcane plantation since l am sure of getting enough money to build my house and to pay collage fee for my child. l also spent the transfer to pay school fee for my children who are in secondary school. The remaining balance l spent to buy food and clothes to my children.
access_time 8 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I going to achieve a great change in my family because I will be able to connect my house to electricity, I will hire farm and plan sugarcane that at maturity I will sell to get money to finish my stalled construction and a bit of that money I will use in buying my children clothes.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is usually in the evening after receiving my children from school when they are home safely, children have quite a lot of issues and the anxiety of having them home safe causes the joy once they arrive safely.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is having my child repeat class eight after passing exams because her sibling was already a candidate and I could not afford their fees.