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53150 KES ($475 USD)
access_time 24 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I wanted to learn college tailoring I build improve. Bought a machine.bed.goat. I have been able to set goals when I got this money. The first goal was to go back to school and get vocational training in tailoring. This will help me to start a business and provide for the family. I have also been able to buy a machine which I am using to practice and finally sew clothes for new clients. I have also been able to buy a bed to sleep in making the nights cozy. Lastly, the goal of owning livestock was also achieved by buying goats.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I pray you to continue to help others to get improvement in their lives just the same way you have touched ours I am thankful for that. I am also thankful for how patient and have clear procedures as you were able to listen to people make untrue stories about the money you give out and gave us advice on how we can use this way to improve our lives while also giving us a choice on how to use it.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I was able to spend the last transfer on buying three goats for KES.3500 each totaling to KES.10500. I was also able to pay school fees for myself as I wanted to learn to tailor which I can then be able to start my own business and earn an income. This coated me KES.3500. I am happy that I could go and learn something at my age that would make me self-sufficient. For the rest of the money, I was able to buy materials for improving my home. I was able to spend KES.39150. Thanks to Give directly my future looks brighter.
55000 KES ($500 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was preparing breakfast at around 10 in the morning when a message notification popped in. I was a bit curious and since I was busy I asked for hand in help from my spouse to confirm the content of the notification. Upon checking, he realized that it was the long-awaited Mpesa message from Segovia Technology. I had finally received my first transfer. I was very happy and I just wish you could see how we reacted. We later planned on how best we could not utilize the money appropriately together with all my family members.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
For all those years I have been yearning to at least own a single living asset like goats but I could not afford it. They were very expensive and because I had some other household needs ie daily meals to cater for, it wasn't achievable. Therefore after receiving my first transfer, I had to fulfill my long-time dream, and I managed to buy three goats. I settled to keep goats becasue they reproduce very fast and their pasture is readily available. Therefore I am optimistic that very soon they will multiply very fast because currently, two have started reproducing. Also, I believe paying school fees for my children in the future who are still young will not be a struggle. Through them, I will also be able to cater to any emergency that may arise in the household in good time. I have been living a miserable life by always depending on my spouse who is a casual laborer earning KES 200 a day, which was not enough for my family. I am now happy because I believe I will achieve a lot through the goats courtesy of GiveDirectly. Therefore, this makes the biggest difference in my daily life.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my first transfer on clearing my college fees of KES 2400 which was for the last semester. In addition to that since I am a tailor by profession, I bought a sewing machine at KES 15000. I am happy I will no longer be hiring those of my friends that were a bit expensive. I also bought a new bed and a mattress at a total of KES 13000 which was to replace the old mats which I have been using before as beddings. In addition to that, I bought three goats at KES 10500 which will now be the assets that I can rely on when the need arises. Also, I bought four bags of cement, sand, and gravel purposely for the renovation of my house which was about to fall because of the weak muddy walls. With the remaining amount of money, I am using it in buying foodstuffs for my family.
access_time 5 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means improved living standards in my household. This is because I am a housewife relying on my husband who does casual job of masonry. The job is hard to get and sometimes he stays for over 6 months without finding one. I am planning to spend Kshs.20,000- to join tailoring course, Kshs.15,000 to buy tailoring machine, kshs 30,000 to buy materials. The remaining portion of the transfer will help me to cater for other basic needs such as food and clothing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is the evening.This is because I share supper with my children and sing gospel songs before we retire to bed.Unlike in the morning and afternoon hours, when I spend the day busy doing household chores
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have ever faced in my household is food insecurity.This is because it has not rained sufficiently for the last two seasons resulting to poor harvest.Due to this I have been struggling to feed my family.This forces me to borrow food from neighbours something thing that makes me unhappy.