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Ngumbao
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
House construction
faceAge:
62
workCampaign
Standard Kenya
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($510 USD)
access_time 21 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now own a house. I have been longing to construct a big house but due to my financial status, I could not afford it. My previous house was in a very poor condition and whenever it rained it was hectic. My family too never had peace since when it's time to sleep they were forced to sleep at my neighbor's house of which they were uncomfortable. But ever since I constructed this house, the problem is solved. I am now sleeping very comfortably under a decent iron-roofed house with my family and I no longer about the rains which have been a bother to us for all those years.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did so well in so many ways. One that there was no discrimination. Thus was the best act I liked the most. They only focused on the household-they never bothered about someone's tribe or religion. This made me believe that this organization was the best. Secondly, the money that I received was unconditional. I had all the freedom to choose what to but according to my desires. I don't think there is any sector GD failed us.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent part of my second of buying some beddings such a new bed at KES 7000. This was to replace to old traditional bed that I have been using for years. I also bought a new bicycle at KES 8500, I opted to buy it because since the dams are very far from the village the bicycle will be of great help to me because it will make it easier. I then bought some household items such as utensils, a charcoal jiko at KES 3200. I then bought a new wooden door for the new house which I had initially constructed using the first transfers. The remaining amount of money I will use it to pay down the dowry to my inlaws at KES 20000. The remaining amount of money, I am using it in buying some foodstuffs for my family.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($547 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Having my own semi-permanent house has made my life to be very different. Previously everyone could say I was mentally ill because of the condition of my house. The house was very small and its condition was critical. The worst part is that one could see everything that was inside. Most of my properties were stolen because of the condition of the house. In addition to this, whenever it could rain I used to seek shelter from my relatives which were so stressful. I am now happy because I am sleeping under a descent house and I am planning to look for a spouse since the women in the village were avoiding me due to the condition of my house and my life in general. I felt I was embarrassed. I never thought I would marry anytime soon. My life had totally changed.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I remember being awakened by the loud vibration from my mobile phone. Out of curiosity, I decided to check it's content to find out what the message was all about. Upon checking, I realized that it was an Mpesa message from GiveDirectly. I was so happy and without wasting time, I started planning on how I could utilize it.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials such as iron sheets, building poles, nails, ropes, and timber. This was purposely for the construction of a new house because the previous one was very small and in poor condition. The house could leak which made me seek shelter from my relatives that did not ogre well with me. I also cleared some bills from the shops and bought a new mattress too. Having bought a mattress was a great relief because I used to sleep on the traditional bed which was uncomfortable. The other project was buying a solar panel. It has been of help especially at night. Solar energy is much better than using candles because it is cost-effective. I am now using the solar panel in charging my phone and those of my neighbors at a fee. The remaining amount was spent on purchasing enough foodstuffs and some other household items.
 
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access_time 4 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to get married. I plan to spend around 40,000 to offset the dowry payments. I also intend to buy building materials for a decent house where my future wife and children will live comfortably costing about 20,000 shillings. With the rest, I will buy livestock that my wife can herd as I concentrate on my business of traditional houses construction.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The best part of my day is in the evening because I rest after working so hard in my farm now that it is rainy season.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
At 61, most of my peers already have grandchildren but here I am wallowing in loneliness because I cannot afford to pay dowry that has become too outrageous. I construct traditional houses for a living which earns me about 60 dollars a month but the jobs are too few and I can last up to 6 months without work. This has derailed my efforts to marry and also buy materials to construct my own decent house where I can put my future wife and kids. I get ridiculed a lot because of this and this affects my self esteem.