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Sidi
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25th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Since my husband passed away two years ago, I've shouldered the responsibility of covering our children's school fees, clothing, food, and other essentials. Our house was already in poor condition when he passed, making it difficult to meet all their needs with the limited profits from my charcoal business. With the current increase in prices of essential commodities, the situation has become even more challenging. While I'm thankful that the transfers enabled me to replace the roof, our safety is still at risk due to cracked walls allowing reptiles to enter. My immediate goal is to rebuild the walls, and I plan to allocate $4 each month for purchasing construction materials. I can't save more than that right now because I have other basic needs to address. Hence this is my goal in the coming and beyond.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
dedicated $64 to cover school fees, ensuring my children receive an education, which is a top priority for me. Additionally, I invested $25 in purchasing a goat, knowing they reproduce quickly, providing an opportunity to sell their offspring for financial support. I also bought a chicken for $5, which will contribute to our income through egg sales. Another $4 was set aside for food, ensuring our daily needs are met. With four children already in school, I plan to enroll my youngest next year, underscoring the importance of education for our family's future. Despite the challenges, I am determined to provide for my family and improve our lives. I'm grateful for the financial support from GiveDirectly, as it has alleviated the need for relying solely on casual jobs and small-scale farming to support my family, making life much less difficult.
 
21st Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($22 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I am a single mother of four school going children. I burn and sell charcoal as my source of livelihood. I do not make much and more so now with the rains being at their highest. I now rely on casual jobs for cash. The rains have led my house to fall and now we live in a house that is falling apart. I would want to repair the house but my earnings are low and their are other pressing needs such as school fees. I hope this year to save a considerable amount of money to ensure I can repair my house and ensure we live in much better conditions.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have invested in goats since I got enrolled in the Givedirectly program. Goats are a good investment. They multiply in number and are more resilient to disease. I bought a goat in October at $30 and another in November at $32. Since December were the festivities I got food and clothes for my children. I spent $30 worth of clothes for three children and $4 on food. I was also able to buy shoes for myself in November.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I would like my children to get an education. I did not get an education and so work options are limited for me. I do not want my children to experience the same. I want them to speak in proper English and probably secure jobs that will allow to earn sufficiently to take care of themselves and me. I plan to use my monthly transfers to achieve this goal even as I always increase my herds using the same transfers.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a single mother of five. All my children are school going. My only means of earning money is by burning charcoal. This kind of work can only make you $5 weekly which is not sufficient to take care of all the families financial needs or even investing. Being a recipient of Givedirectly transfers makes life more bearable. I spent $20 in July and September to take care of school fees for three of my five children. I was also able to buy a few animals in this period, in July I bought a single chicken at $5, and a kid goat at $23, while in August and September I bought four chicken each at $5. I bought shoes for three of my children for school in July at $4.5.
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I want to build a bigger house for my family. I am working towards that. I bought building poles and hoping to soon get more items for the project through the transfers. I want to get buy some more animals too as an investment for whenever I do not have finances for needs in the home.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a single mother with four school going children and I burn charcoal to make money. I am usually strained on finances as I am the sole breadwinner but Givedirectly transfers has easened my life. I spent some of the money schooling, clothing and feeding my children. $15 in March went into school fees, $1 in March and $5 in April went into buying shoes while $14, in March $12 in April, and $10 in May, went into getting food for the family. I spent $15 in May to get building poles. I would occasionally get sanitation items for the family on the other months with about $2 to $5.
 
9th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Since my husband passed away two years ago, I have been the only one paying for our children's school costs, clothing, food, and other necessities. Our house was not in great shape when he passed away. You can understand how difficult it is to meet all of their expectations given that I only generate a $4 weekly profit from the charcoal business that I own, especially given the current surge in commodity prices. My modest income prevented me from building a new house, but I'm delighted that the transfers allowed me to replace the roof. Our lives are in danger because the wall is still cracked throughout, allowing stray reptiles to enter the house. So, my current objective is to rebuild the walls. I'll do this by setting away $15 per month to buy the necessary construction supplies. I'll start raising hens or goats for future investment once I've finished it..
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am both advanced in age and a widow who lacks a source of income. To meet my family's needs, I have been over-reliance on subsistence farming, a practice that has not been doing well due to unpredictable rainfall patterns. Painfully, for the previous two consecutive seasons, my crops dried off. As a result, I have been struggling to make ends meet. The situation has translated to water and food shortages, the essential commodities for survival. Therefore, as our norm when I received my recent transfer, I spent $19 on food to help alleviate the hunger we had been experiencing. Prior to transfer date, we had gone for a day without food. In addition, since my house is in a pathetic condition, I also spent $15 on buying five round poles for building a better house.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My ambition was to repair my shelter which was about to collapse. It is made up of mud walls and poles that are old had rotten. I use $30 to purchase some of the building materials and at the moment I have been able to repair one side of my structure. In addition, I used $35 to acquire sufficient food and water for the family of 7 members due to the on going famine in our area. Similarly, I used $25 to support the education of my six children who are still in primary because they had fee arrears. They were frequently sent home something that bothered me a lot. At present, seeing them learning and attending school frequently has restored my peace of mind.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I appreciate GiveDirectly for coming to help us in our time of need. After experiencing a long dry season and failing to do farming, it would have been difficult for us to fulfil our basic needs like food. GiveDirectly has taken a great deal off our shoulders by giving us financial support. We can now apportion the transfer on buying foodstuffs for our families and paying fees for our children. This, in my opinion, is what GiveDirectly has done well so far.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I thank GiveDirectly for the financial help which has enabled me to overcome my biggest financial challenges; providing food for my family and paying fees. I am a widow who depends on selling charcoal which does not pay much. I could only manage to sell a sack of charcoal once a week and the money was not enough compared to my family's needs. Because of the transfers, my children are now in school studying comfortably. I have also had enough food in my household since I purchased adequate maize flour that can take us weeks. Apart from this, I also used Ksh. 1500 to buy some building poles to renovate my house. It is old and dilapidated and I am planning to save enough money every month and buy more building materials to rebuild it.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The night before rece6the cash transfers my family and I had actually gone to bed hungry due to lack of food and lack of money to even afford to purchase a meal. The following day would have been similar were it not for me receiving the money when I did. Therefore I was over the moon because finally I could afford a meal for my kids and I.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
For me I would definitely say nutrition because at times my kids and I go hungry for days but ever since we got enrolled and started the donations the amount of times we lack food are lesser when compared to before knowing GiveDirectly.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I happen to be a widow and when my husband was still alive he was the breadwinner of the family so without him making ends meet became a struggle day by day. I relied on farming mostly to cater for nourishment of the family but unfortunately drought came upon us and has lasted quite sometime now consequently leaving us closer to starvation than we were before. As soon as I received the money I went ahead and bought half a dozen packets of maize flour for KES 750 then used the remaining balance of KES 450 and bought my daughter brand new school uniform since she was resuming school and her old uniform was old and torn.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Life is truly a mystery, and some of the obstacles we face leave us devastated. For 19 years, my life in marriage was not ease but at least with my husband around, we could face the challenges and struggles together. It is just one year ago since we lost him. Burning charcoal as the only source of income, I was left to raise seven children alone. I have a two bedroom house whereby I share my room with two of my youngest children and the rest share the other room. It is not moral right for adolescent boys and girls to stay together but due to lack of resources, my children have no option. I plan to save 2000 KES for each transfer. When the cash have accrued to 20 000KES I will expand one room for the boys. This will give my family the dignity it deserves.
What is the happiest part of your day?
After the demise of my husband, life became more difficult. I could not afford three meals a day for my seven children. Though it was against my wish to have my daughter dropping out of school, it opened another opportunity. It was with joy when she was taken to work as a house help in town three months ago. The 500KES she is sending weekly has enabled us have at least two meals a day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Burning charcoal which yields up to 600 KES weekly is not a sustainable and reliable source of income. My first born dropped out of school after failing to pay registration fee of 1000 KES for her final national exams. I have two of the children proceeding to their final primary classes upon opening of schools (one month from now). Without an alternative source of income, my children are deemed to drop as well. Starting a small business (selling chapati and beans) has been my desire which is hindered by lack of capital.