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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 18 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Since I am very old and highly advanced in age, I have been struggling to raise school fees for my daughter, Emily. With the assurance of the transfer, my main goal is to use them to pay her school fees. Paying the tuition fee on time will always give her ample opportunity to be in class and focus on her study. Unlike before, when she could occassionally be sent home. I am optimistic that this time around, she will notice an improvement in her performance.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband is very old and unable to engage in any economic activity. Although I am also advanced in age, I am always at the forefront of supporting my family. Since we are only three in my family, sometimes I burn charcoal to raise money for food. However, the transfers have been a big relief to us. From my most recent transfers, I spent $20 to pay the school fee for my daughter, Emily. She is currently in form four. By then, she had some fee arrears that I had not settled yet. The rest I used to buy food for a family of seven members.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My daughter is a form three student currently pursuing her secondary education. She is totally dependent on me to pay for her education. Due to the fact that I sell charcoal for a very meager living, I have lately struggled to pay her tuition and rent. My husband is unable to assist because of his illness and inability to work. His eyes are tearing up and hurting a lot due to an infection. After receiving my transfer, I used a significant portion of $25 to pay my daughter's school expenses so that she could resume her studies after three days at home. I also used the remaining $5 to purchase food after paying my school fees. We were forced to go to bed on an empty stomach because I had not made any sales in over a month, and there was no food stock left in the house.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After receiving the transfers from the organization this month, I decided to immediately use KES 2,000 from what I had and pay school fees from my daughter who happened to still be in high-school. I had a huge debt in tuition fee that I was yet to pay and I had to use the funds that I had to atleast try and reduce the amount I owed the school since my daughter was literally on the verge on being kicked out of class. Afterwards I was left with KES 1,000 which I ended using on purchasing five packets of maize flour since I barely had any food in the house and were it not receiving the money when I did I would have problem gone hungry that night.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has helped me a great deal especially financially, because I can now even afford to pay school fees. I was extremely grateful when they sent the money the time they did, because God knows how long my daughter would stayed home were it not for me receiving that money.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Two days prior to receiving the money, my daughter was kicked out of school due to an outstanding debt in her school fee. So as soon as I received the money, I went ahead to give her some so that she could go back to school and continue with her education. I gave KES 2,000 and the following day she was back in school. I was left behind with KES 1,000 which I used to cater for nutrition and so I went ahead and bought six packets of maize flour that cost KES 750 and then used the remaining KES 250 and bought a hen.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment the transfers came in I was actually in the farm doing some digging but I could not tell what the message was talking about because I am not knowledgeable. I waited until I was back home so that my children could read it for me and that is when I found out that the funds had been sent by GiveDirectly and if you could have seen the smile on my face, it was almost as broad enough to brighten a room.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
This transfers have helped and will keep helping my family and I significantly because due to the polygamous situation of the family I can assist my husband financially and put less strain as he also takes care of our other children because we are all one. I also managed to keep my daughter in school and honestly speaking were it not for the money she would have probably been sent home and I have no idea if she would been back anytime soon.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My daughter who happens to be in highschool had called me a couple of days back before I received the transfers so as to let me that the school she was in demanded I clear her debt or they would send her home. I was stranded because I come from a polygamous house where my husband supports us for most of the time but there is financial strain during numerous occasions. Yet on the other I do not happy a job but rather depend on subsistence farming to feed the family. Then a couple of days later I received the funds from GiveDirectly which in my own opinion could not have picked a better time for me to receive. I immediately went ahead to send my daughter some money in school so that she could pay for some part of the debt. I paid KES 700 which was barely half of what I owed but I knew that with that money I could keep the school and teachers at bay while I found other means to finish the debt meanwhile my child continued with her education. I was left with about KES 500 which I used to at least purchase a meal, so I bought three packets of maize flour which cost me KES 375 and the remaining KES 125 I used it to buy laundry detergent.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I would like to pay school fees for my child who's in form two at Kizurini Secondary school. My eldest son currently pays but there's always interuptions that I feel create gaps in his learning. Plus I also don't feel good letting him take up my duty as a parent. When I start getting these transfers I want to relieve him so that he can persue his personal projects.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Being free from disease normally makes me really happy. This is how I was about three months earlier, but when my daughter died two months ago I started experiencing the constant stomachaches alongside my usual knee pains. Truely it's hard to be completely happy in this state where one is sick but hard labor is still part of this life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I don't feel ok health wise as my body is paining all over. I have pains in my lower abdomen, both my eyes as well as constant knee pains whenever I walk long distance or climb hills which I have to do a lot when looking for trees to burn charcoal. I had visited a health centre once but they only told me that I have stomach alcers and also gave me an eyedrop but didn't say anything about my knee.