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6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I manage a small shop where I sell household utensils and clothing. However, running this business is difficult due to the weight of responsibilities that follow me. I am sometimes forced to turn to the stock money to provide food and other necessities for my family, which has resulted in serious financial constraints. As a result, when I received the transfer, I decided to spend the entire amount on additional shop items. This will allow me to generate more profits in the future to meet my needs without having to use the capital.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give directly has done very well. I have seen some progress in my life. For instance, I am now saving up to revive my business and I have also cleared my children School fees. There is nowhere give directly has done badly
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Since I am unemployed, I depend on my husband for financial support. He works as a handyman at a construction site. Together we have four children, three of whom are in school. When I got my first transfer my children had school fee arrears of KES1210. So, I used the whole amount to clear the debt. I have not yet used to my second transfer. I want to save up until I get to KES9000 which I will use to reopen my fish selling business.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was in the morning and I was just sitted in the house when I had my brother excitedlysaying the funds had just come in.I immediately knew that I should also have received the same funds because we got enrolled at the same time and as I eagerly checked my phone I saw the GiveDirectly message .I was very happy and already planned in my thoughts on how I would clear my sons school fees to allow him go back to school.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life since the time I started receiving this funds is I have hope to revive my fish business. I lost my grandmother and used all money had made in my business on funeral arrangements. I plan to save the next 3months and start over my business because before things were quite on the low but with the monthly support I am hoping to have my business back and successful.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have 3 children in primary school.My transfer was spent in paying school fees for my eldest child who is in class 7.The school expected me to pay KES 1210 and I managed to clear KES 1000.The rest of KES 170 I bought fish and vegetables for my family that evening.
access_time 11 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means an improved income for my family. My desire has always been to grow my small business, which involves selling dried small fish and sharks in the village. My capital currently stands at 2700 KES and the profit is not so appealing. To achieve this, I plan to save three consecutive transfers that will sum to 15000 KES. I will therefore be able to run the business not only in my village but also in other three nearby shopping centers during market days.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My day is always packed with many activities that include running my business and other household chores. This keeps me too busy to interact with my children. The evening is the only time that we get to bond as a family. Their laughter is therapeutic and it relaxes my mind.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Nothing puts me under stress than seeing my children missing school because of accumulated fees arrears. This has been my state for as long as I can remember due to the lack of enough money. My husband's casual jobs at construction sites are so unreliable that he can spend two months without giving us upkeep. The much he can afford is 2000 KES in three months. This amount is not sufficient to meet all our needs.