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53150 KES ($526 USD)
access_time 29 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different from how it was in that, I was able to build a kitchen and also paid my school fees. I am glad that, I did not miss the final exams this year due to lack of school fees. Having a decent kitchen has also given me peace of mind because I do not have to share the place with the animals which are normally messy. I can comfortably store my food without being contaminated.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, I believe that there are no corruption deals in GiveDirectly. I also like how they protect us by sending the money in our own Mpesa accounts where we are the only ones who are able to access easily. The living standard of people in this community has also improved because many people were able to start businesses and build houses which they could not have accomplished before.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent a larger portion of my transfer on purchasing seats since I had outdated ones which were untidy and unpleasant. I also used part of the money to build a kitchen. Previously, I had a small one that acted as a cattle shed and a cooking place too. The animals were destructive and urinated even on the food. This was unhealthy and stressful. The other thing was to clear their mess early in the morning before preparing breakfast which was strenuous and this is the main reason why I decided to build one. The remaining amount was spent on clearing my pending school fee balance in college where I was taking a teaching course because I could not stand the repercussion of not sitting for the Knec exams which was the final exams in college. I am glad that my goals ran smoothly as planned courtesy of Give Directly.
55000 KES ($544 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference is that I can cook in my kitchen even on a rainy day without fear of getting rained on thanks to the new roofing. Besides that, my kitchen is now more spacious and my animals can shelter in at night unlike before they used to sleep outside where they could be rained on and even risked being attacked by wild animals or theft.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was very happy. I had planned to build a better spacious kitchen but I lack adequate resources. Upon receiving the transfers I knew this dream was going to be fullfiled.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to build a better and more spacious kitchen. This was to replace the previous kitchen that had weak walls that were almost falling down. It had a leaking roof so cooking on a rainy day was next to impossible. It was also tiny hence could not couple up a shelter for my sheep and goats. The new kitchen has a new roof that does not leak, strong walls and enough space to shelter my animals at night.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to build a structure for my posho mill and a kitchen.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is when I go out to graze my cows in the morning. It makes me happy as I am able to get a glass of milk for making tea for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face in my life is that getting school fees for my children is a challenge as our income is low.