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Lydia
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Carpentry
faceAge:
27
workCampaign
Kenya Standard Remote
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($496 USD)
access_time 3 days ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 9 am when I was in the staff room relaxing after completing my first lesson. I received a message on my phone and after checking I discovered that it was my transfer from GiveDirectly. I felt very happy the receiving my transfer and I had to complete my day's work before joining the other member of the family in celebration.
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 am currently living a better life after completing the fee payment for my kids. In addition, I was able to start goats rearing a long-term investment for my kid's education. Furthermore, I am no longer have to worry about putting food on the table after acquiring enough food for my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 5000 to clear the fees arrears for my 2 kids who are still in primary, it was 2 years since I paid for their school. This is because my job as a PTA teacher did not earn me enough income and it was adversely affected by covid-19. The income I earned was used to supporting my family since my husband is jobless. I also invested in Kes 6000 to start goats rearing which will assist me in educating my kids up to college once they grow up. I also used KES 10,000 to purchase enough food for the family. In addition, I bought 10 iron sheets at KES 1050 each, this was for improving the condition of my house by constructing an additional room since the one I had was very small to accommodate both my kids and I. I saved the remaining amount to in women group to complete the construction of my house.
 
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access_time 3 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money is a sign of my life to prosper because my children are still young and at school and I will have a great opportunity to pay for their fees and open a saloon business for 50 thousand kenya shillings.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am always huppy in the morning when I wake up , see all my family are well and we enjoy our breakfast together before they leave for school.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is life without money- I am a nursery school teacher of which I depend on parents to pay for their children monthly and I spent three months without money during the emergency of covid 19 on February, March and April 2020 whereby I went to bed without food with my children.