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55000 KES ($499 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 10 am when I was in my house taking breakfast with my family members. My sister-in-law came to my house very excited, I was eager to know why she was very happy and she inform me that she had received her transfer. I left what I was doing to check my phone which was in the bedroom. I felt very happy after realizing that I had received the transfer like others since it was the only hope that I had to improve my husband's business.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I was able to accomplish the desire of boosting my spouse's career. With the aid from GiveDirectly, I invested the bigger part of it into his cyber business. Currently, he no longer had to hire or borrow the working device. Similarly, the income from his job has increased something that has enabled us to meet our daily basic needs like food easily.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband work in a cyber cafe, I have desired to boost his business so that he may get enough income to support our family since it was negatively affected by the corona virus. I was not able to accomplish this due to lack of adequate capital. After receiving my transfer, I spent my transfer to purchasing KES 19,000 to purchase a new desktop computer, KES 6,000 to purchase a laminator, an Epson l805 printer, photocopy papers, and a variety of stationery. Previously, he had to hire a printer from another cyber that made him lost clients due to lack of enough working equipment. This reduced the income generated from his cyber job something that makes it harder to meet the family need. In addition, I spent the remaining amount to acquire new pairs of clothes for every family member since we had few clothes to change.
access_time 3 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My husband is an IT expert, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, he lost his job. Receiving the money from GiveDirectly will enable us set up an internet cafe which is in line with my husband's profession. By offering the internet services, we will be able to earn an income which will help us cater for our family's needs sustainably.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The evening is the happiest part of my day. I rest in the evening after doing some farming practices in my farm and also doing house chores which leaves me very tired.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I faced the biggest hardship in my life when my husband lost his job due to the Covid 19 pandemic. I depend on my husband to provide for me and my two young children. When he lost his job, life became unbearable, we really struggled with casual works in order to earn money to cater for our needs and that of our children.