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53150 KES ($517 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Currently, I have acquires two she - cows which I am glad off . I anticipate that in the near future that I will no longer buy milk which is very costly . The milk that I will get from the cows shall help in paying school fees for my children as well as satisfying some of the basic needs since school fees has been a burden for me for quite sometimes. Secondly, my children have gotten the opportunity to attend school with ease and as a result looking at their performance at the end of this term their is a slight improvement .
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion , GiveDirectly did well through uplifting my living standards and the poorer village members too . The fact that the decision on spending the money relied on an individual made the beneficiaries to acquire on things they prioritized . I do not see what GiveDirectly did wrong at its work .
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer two buy she - cow 30, 000 KES . I am hopeful and looking forward to expand my house in the near future after these cows have reproduced .The remaining amount I have saved to pay school fees for my four children who are in primary school and secondary respectively .This is because I am required to pay the arrears they had come next year.
55000 KES ($530 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am at peace now because the money enabled me to clear the school fees for my children both in high school and primary level of education to avoid them being sent home for fees. I am glad that this has given me adequate time to prepare for the next payments unlike before when I used to pay for them late.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the transfer message early in the morning and when I checked the contents of the message, I was surprised to note that GiveDirectly had sent the first transfer. I was filled with happiness that knew no bounds as I celebrated with my family for this fortune.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent KES 15000 to fully cater to my children school fees, both in high school and at the primary level. I cleared their school fees in advance for them to continue with their studies without any interruptions. In addition to this, I also purchased a new mattress to replace the old beddings I was using. I also bought three metallic doors to fix in my rooms. My house has three rooms and in each, I fixed a door for privacy purposes. I spent the remaining amount to cater for my household basic needs such as foodstuffs and paying for other household expenses.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My biggest wish is to educate my daughter who is in her first year of secondary education. With the rising cases of teenage pregnancies in our area, I feel that it is important to keep my girl in school so that she does not succumb to such things. Secondly, I will improve my house by doing repairs to the walls and roof thus ensuring I live in decency. Lastly, I plan to invest in livestock as financial security for future needs such as food and education.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I do most of my house chores in the morning so that in the afternoon I rest and spend time catching up with friends and neighbors, this makes it the happiest part of my day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My constant worry in life is financial instability. The only source of income in my family is my husband's casual work at a construction site in Mombasa town. The little inconsistent pay he gets is never enough to cover all our needs of food and education. The ever rising cost of living makes it even harder to meet these needs. What hurts me most is having to see my children missing school for lack of fees.