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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 23 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Despite the fact that I have a lot of goals for my family, I hope to focus on livestock farming in the coming year. I currently have a goat and would like to add more as well as invest in poultry farming. I will gradually save money on eggs and goat offspring from livestock farming, which will come in handy when starting the construction of a new house. My family is growing, and I would like my children to have their own private space in the future, where they will not have to sleep in their neighbors' houses. Because I am earning a consistent income from my food business, I will set aside a portion of the transfers for the long-term goal of building a new house.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After receiving my transfers from GiveDirectly for the first few months, I opened a food joint, and its progress has been impressive, with daily profits of at least $5. I spent $25 on tuition charges for my four children, who were sent home at the time I received the most recent transfer. I am relieved they are no longer missing classes. I also replenished some of the $9 food that my family of seven is currently using. My husband produces and sells charcoal, which has helped us pay our bills. He has been helpful as the family breadwinner, ensuring that we have everything we require. Even though we don't save much from our small businesses, I am grateful for GiveDirectly's support in paying bills.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Words cannot express the immense joy that I felt when I was told that I would be receiving money for five years from GiveDirectly. School fees had been a major challenge that I had been dealing with for a long period, but the moment I was promised the unconditional transfer, I saw a light at the end of the tunnel. My husband and I are charcoal vendors and together we are blessed with eight children. I then used $60 on school fees and thereafter used the remaining $30 on foodstuffs. My children are in school and I am happy and relieved about it. I am forever grateful for the amazing support that lifted my living standards amazingly.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Three days prior to receiving the transfers my children had actually been kicked out of school due to me failing to pay tuition fee because I had money to do. Therefore as soon as I received the funds, I immediately went ahead and paid KES 2,000 to the school and luckily the next day, my four children were on their merry way back to school. I was left remaining with a balance of KES 1,000 which I decided to use on nutrition where I went ahead and purchased five packets of maize flour because they was barely any food in the house and the cost of living has gone extremely high.
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?
In my opinion, I think GiveDirectly does well in giving us transfers. My kids have even gone back to school as a result of the transfer. I don't think there's anything you don't do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I received the first transfer, my children had been home for 4 days due school fees arrears. I therefore, used the transfer to pay for their school fees. On the day I received the second transfer, my children had also been sent home due to school fees arrears but I was able to take them back to school immediately. I used KES 2000 at their school and saved the remaining KES 1000.
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?
I was at home and felt so helpless seeing another day pass with my kids at home while others were in school learning. When I received the money money transfer message, I told my kids and they were so happy that finally they would go back to school. I went to the nearby market and withdrew the transfers which I pad in school the following day while taking my children back.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Seeing my kids spend some week in school without being sent home for school fees is not something that I was used to. I love seeing them stay in school and concentrate and I have so much peace in my mind nowadays.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I'm a charcoal burner and being a drought season, it wasn't easy to get trees because the big ones had been cut down by other charcoal burners because this seemed to be the only income generating activity in my reagion. I would travel far away to looking for trees only to come home with nothing. My kids accumulated fees arrears of KES 5000 and they were send home because I was not in a position some money for them to be allowed back to school. They were in distress because there was no hope of receiving the transfers any time soon. When I received the transfer, I used to whole amount worth KES 1150 to pay school fees and they were allowed back to school. I'm happy to see them back to school and I'm looking forward to clear the balance in some few months time so that they can fully settle in school and concentrate on their studies.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
As my husband works towards feeding us and paying school fees for our 3 school-going children, I will focus on growing my groceries business so that I can help him with some bills. I also need to save at least 1,000KES from the monthly funds. These saved money will act as a reservoir for days when we'll need emergency cash. If all goes well with the savings, we might consider livestock depending on the drought situation. If it rains, we will go with livestock.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have a four-month-old baby. Much as it was an unplanned pregnancy, I believe that children are blessings and they bring joy to families. There's a ten-year age gap between this one and the second last born. The birth of this one has made me feel young and energetic all over again.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
We depend on my husband for all our financial needs. His income is not as much because he sells charcoal. We barely have enough money to meet our needs and this has been a wake-up call to my grown daughter and me. We need to also pull the weight and think about getting into bigger businesses like an eatery. Our combined effort I believe will improve our financial situation.