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Mwenda's family
Forestry (e.g rubber tapping)
Kenya Standard Remote
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Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($497 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was around 10 am I was at my house with my relatives chatting. I heard a message alert on my phone upon checking, I discovered that I had received my transfer. I felt very happy for receiving the transfer that I was eagerly awaited to change my life for the better.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is that I am empowered after starting my own business with help of my transfer. Previously, I was jobless and fully dependent on my husband to raise our family. I had wished to start a small business so that I will help him in raising our family but I lacked capital. I thank GiveDirectly for the aid.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent KES 24,000 to support my husband in pay part of the motorbike loan that he had bought on hire purchase sometime back. He is using it in the taxi business a job that has been sustaining our family. I also used KES 10,000 to start a small boutique business in the house currently I am earning a living that supplements my spouse's earnings. I also KES 13,500 to purchase proper beddings for my family previously we were using small and worn-out beddings which were not enough for my family. In addition, I spent KES 5,000 to clear part of the solar light system debt. I used the remaining amount to support my kid's educational needs.
access_time 7 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money from GiveDirectly means self employment for me. For the past two years , I have been longing to start a business of selling clothes, but due to lack of money, this dream is yet to come true. Once I receive the transfer, I will start a business of selling clothes. I will be purchasing clothes and resell them at a profit.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is the morning. The moment I confirm and see all my children have woken up very healthy and ready to school, makes me very happy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Lack of money is my biggest hardship. My desire is to have my own business running. Lack of money has made it impossible for me to start the business of selling clothes.