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22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 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?
When I started receiving funds from GiveDirectly, a world of possibilities opened up before me. In the coming year and beyond, I hope to accomplish something that will sustain and uplift my family. I plan to start a goat-keeping project. Goats are an ideal choice because they are relatively cheap to acquire and maintain, and there's always a ready market for them. To facilitate this goal, I joined a merry-go-round group with nine other members, where each of us contributes $10 every month. We rotate the collected amount among us, allowing one member to invest in their dreams each month. My turn to receive the funds will come in September 2024, and I plan to use this money to buy at least three goats to kickstart my venture. This project will provide a steady income and create a ripple effect of growth and stability in my family. With the support from GiveDirectly and my commitment to this journey, I am confident that the future holds great promise for me.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Since I am a widow depending on my son who does casual jobs to provide for the family, I saw it prudent to assist him when I received the transfers. With the recent three transfers, I used $54 to buy some food. This food allowed my son to get a break for a while from his tiring job. Providing this much-needed rest for him was important, as it not only nourished our family but also relieved some of his burdens, giving him a chance to recuperate and regain his strength. Additionally, I bought three hens for $15 and some detergents for $3. I plan to start small with poultry, hoping it will lead to a steady source of eggs and eventually more hens. To further my ambition of goat-keeping, I joined a merry-go-round group with ten members where we contribute $10 each month and give the collected amount to one member to fund their project. When my turn comes in September, I plan to facilitate my dream of goat-keeping by buying at least three goats, setting the foundation for a more sustainable future for my family.
 
18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($21 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
With the support I received from GiveDirectly, I have big dreams for the future. My goal is to venture into livestock farming, particularly raising goats, as a means of securing my future. To achieve this, I have devised a plan: I am saving $10 each month in a merry-go-round group, and by September 2024, it will be my turn to receive the accumulated funds. This money will serve as the capital to kickstart my goat farming endeavor. I have chosen goats because they are affordable to acquire and maintain, and there's a steady demand for them in the market. I am determined to turn this opportunity into a thriving business that will not only provide for my family but also create a sustainable source of income for years to come.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
For the last two transfers, I made sure to allocate $40 for farming activities. I invested in farming supplies since I heavily rely on subsistence farming and charcoal making to make ends meet as a widow. Thanks to this investment, I'm grateful to say that I've had a successful harvest, providing me with food security for the foreseeable future. Additionally, I allocated $18 towards purchasing food during the farming period, ensuring that I had enough sustenance to keep me going during the hard work. Moreover, I made a conscious decision to save the remaining $10 by contributing it to a merry-go-round savings group, which consists of 22 members. My turn to receive the pooled funds will come in September. Being part of this saving group has provided me with a sense of financial security and community support, as we collectively pull resources monthly to help each other out in times of need. This prudent allocation of the cash transfer has not only improved my immediate circumstances but has also set me on a path toward long-term stability and resilience.
 
14th 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 have set a goal to invest in poultry birds, specifically focusing on hens. These birds have the advantage of multiplying rapidly, which leads to quick returns on investment. Once the hens have multiplied, I intend to sell them and utilize the proceeds to purchase goats. Goats have the advantage of being highly valuable and can be sold for a significant profit. By strategically transitioning from hens to goats, I aim to establish a sustainable source of income that will continue to support me even after the transfer period ends. This long-term plan ensures financial stability and growth beyond the initial investment.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Since last year, my house has collapsed due to its deteriorating condition. Consequently, I have been residing in my son's house, who works in Mombasa and rarely returns home. However, I have managed to save my previous transfers and allocated $20 to purchase building poles. Recently, I utilized the funds to pay a mason who fixed a door and applied mud to cover the walls of my new house. It brings me immense joy to finally have a place to call my own after a prolonged period of living in someone else's house. Additionally, I allocated $24 to purchase essential food items. As an elderly woman, I am no longer able to work, so this money was crucial in ensuring I had enough food to sustain myself and avoid going hungry. Furthermore, I made a wise investment by purchasing three hens for a total of $15. This investment holds the potential for multiplication, and in case of an emergency, I can sell some of the hens to provide for my needs. I am deeply grateful for the financial transfer, as it has alleviated the difficulties I have faced in the past. Previously, I was unable to afford food or build my own house, but now I have the means to accomplish these tasks independently. The support I have received has brought about positive changes in my life, and I am genuinely thankful for it.
 
10th 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?
My aspiration for the upcoming year is to have successfully built my own house. The years spent in my nephew's shelter have made me aware of the constant burden I place on him, especially when he visits from town. Thanks to the cash transfers, I have been able to accumulate building materials, and my goal is to continue acquiring more until I have enough to construct a two-room house with mud walls and a tin roof. Also, owning a house will enable me to pursue poultry farming, particularly raising chickens. The additional room in my house will serve as a suitable space for them. By engaging in chicken rearing, I can generate income by selling them and contributing towards covering our household expenses. This will reduce my reliance on my son as the sole provider.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When I receive my cash transfers, my top priority is purchasing building materials for constructing my own house. After my previous house collapsed years ago, I have been relying on the shelter provided by my nephew. Not to inconvenience him, whenever he visits the village, I have to seek alternative shelter. Additionally, sharing the space with his children feels like I am intruding on their privacy. Previously, I believed that building my own house would remain a distant dream due to financial constraints. My son, who is my sole provider, has been unable to support the construction financially due to his limited income from casual jobs. Gladly, with the recent cash transfers, I took a significant step towards realizing my goal. From the recent cash, I allocated $30 to purchase 30 building poles for the construction project. The prospect of finally having my own house, made possible by the cash transfers, fills me with happiness and gratitude. I allocated the remaining $4 towards purchasing additional food for the household.
 
6th 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?
I intend to use the funds to finance the construction of my own home. This is due to the fact that six years ago, after my house fell, my co-wife graciously invited me to share her home. This year, I'm hopeful that the transfers will allow me to eventually build my own house. Aside from that, I also intended to use the funds for nutrition-related needs because they have been a constant struggle due to the drought.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I took the opportunity to withdraw the money right away and my immediate thought was spending it on food-related expenses because the drought had made it difficult to put food on the table. Six sachets of maize flour and two kg of rice cost me KES 1,500. Apart from that, after my house fell a few years ago, I decided to spend the remaining KES 1,900 on some iron sheets in an effort to ultimately build myself a home.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I'm really happy with the help of the Organization especially with the funds because through them they have given me a form of stability. For instance I personally did not own a house for the past decade and right now I finally see a ray of hope when it comes to that situation.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After I receive the money and had the chance to go withdraw the money, my first instinct was that I should put some money aside because my house collapsed about a decade ago and. ended moving in with my son since I could not afford a new one. Therefore I ended up depositing an amount of KES 500 in my savings account. I then proceeded to use KES 600 in buying a pair of iron sheets for the house I anticipate to construct. Now considering the drought that is back here in the village and the challenges in nutrition, I decided to spend the KES 1,900 by acquiring a bag of maize flour that contained a dozen packets and made sure I had a meal.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The instant I noticed the donation had actually been sent out by the Organization I was really grateful because I did not expect it at all at that time. In that particular moment seeing the money arrive on my phone felt God sent.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
In my opinion I would say being able to actually have some money left to leave in my savings account is quite encouraging. This is because I plan on using this money to finally renovate my house which has been part of my plans for the longest time now.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After realising the arrival of the transaction, I decided to use KES 600 by purchasing three packets of maize flour because I barely had any food in my house. I was left with a balance of KES 600 which I left it in my savings account since I plan to use the money to finally renovate my house because its old and the roofing leaks so it needs replacement.
 
Enrolled
access_time 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I am a widow living in a poor condition house which I feel unsafe but due to lack of money to renovate it has led me to persevere living in it hopefully that one day I will be in a position to have it renovated. On receiving this money I plan to start saving so that after 4 months I buy 10 new iron sheets so that the roof can be renovated. This would go along way in providing a conducive place for me especially during the raining seasons. The renovation would cost 12000 KES. I am also planning to buy 5 chicken so as I can start chicken rearing business at home. This would help me providing for my family in future when I will be selling them at a profit. The rest of the money will be mostly used to buy food as I only depend on my son who does casual jobs in the city.
What is the happiest part of your day?
It was during last month when my son bought me a 2000 KES shopping of food which lasted for two weeks. It made me rejoice as I had peace of mind throughout that particular week.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Since I am a widow, with no reliable source of income, food insecurity is a big challenge as I only depend on my son who does casual jobs in Mombasa. I sometimes can not afford even a meal a day which has really affected my health. I also sleep on the floor as I do not have a bed and mattress. This has negatively affected my nights as I do not sleep comfortably.