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Dama
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Small business
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10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
For the past five years, the sale of coconuts has been my primary source of income. Income from this business has assisted in purchasing food for the family as well as paying school fees for my school-aged children. Unfortunately, due to seasonal changes, there are currently no coconuts, so I have been unable to raise funds to support my family. As a result, my daughter was sent home, but supporting her proved difficult. When I got my transfer, I used it all to pay her fees, and am glad she is getting enough time in school.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am the main breadwinner of my family (husband and 3 children). I run a small business selling vegetables in the market. The high cost of fuel and increase in prices of vegetable has contributed to the drop in profit margins I am currently earning. My husband earns a living selling pal wine in the village. His business became unprofitable because of the drop in the quantity of palm wine from the coconut affected by the prolonged drought. We both are struggling to feed our children because of our low income. This forces us to survive on one meal a day and also buy food on credit accumulating debts. They sent my 3 children to hope at the start of the month due to school fees balances. They have since spent over two weeks at home missing important classes. Therefore, when I received my transfer, I spent KES 1000 to clear the debt, and then went back to school to continue with my studies. In addition, I spent KES 2000 buying chickens. This will act as a proper investment for the future when they multiply and also as an alternative source of income when I sell some.
 
5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I take the transfers as an opportunity for personal financial growth. Although food provision is a priority, my current intention is to save enough money from the program, as initial capital for a kiosk I plan to establish. Therefore, I committed 5,000 KES from the recent three transfers towards that track. Earlier this year, my children had pending school fee arrears and I paid 2,000 KES to clear the balance so that they could study without interruptions. Lastly, to guarantee a daily supply of meals to the family, I purchased foodstuffs worth 2,000 KES.
 
3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My daughter who is in secondary school owed the school KES 3000, and she could not be allowed to sit for her end term examinations before clearing the fee arrears. I, therefore cleared the fee with the third transfer. I am so grateful to Give Directly for the support. Had it not for the money it would have been a real struggle to raise the fees. The business I have does not pay that much, all that I get from it can barely meet my family's whole day's meal.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Through this program I can afford to put some money aside and even dream of changing professions because before that I had responsibilities and transporting palm wine to different areas was tiresome but I had to do it because my children depend on me. But this money has given me hope that eventually I could start my business and not get so exhausted.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After I received the money the first I did is I took KES 2,000 and put it in my savings account because I had the intentions to start my own business soon and I knew if I had easy access to the money then I would get tempted to use it and that would ruin any future plans that I had in mind. As for the remaining balance which was KES 1,000 and used it to pay school fees for five of my children in school since they had debts and I did not want them to get sent home and miss out on their studies.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The message came in quite early in the day and I was very excited because it meant my son could finally go back to school, because it was really stressing me out to see him back home while knowing that studies were carrying own without him.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I have quite a large family made up of eight members. Personally I help transport and sell palm wine so that I could take care of my family and at times the funds are not sufficient to take care of all our needs, so with the money I received I managed to add on to it and make sure my sons education continues.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
At the time the money was sent I had pending balances in school tuition for my children, but since most of them their balances were manageable and still in school I paid for my eldest child who is my son since he had been sent back home for a couple of days due to a balance of KES 7000. So I took the KES 1200 that I had received and borrowed KES 3000 from a savings group I am involved in and used the money to pay for my sons tuition leaving a balance of KES 2800 so that he could at least afford to go back to school.
 
Enrolled
access_time 1 year ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I sell palm wine to make a living but the returns are very discouraging. During low seasons I make as little as 60 KES a day. I have always wanted to drop this business, but there is no alternative due to insufficient capital. Receiving this money will see me open a shop in the village. Enjoying a monopoly is one of the advantages because there is no other such business in my locality. I intend to save 30000 KES to attain my goal of generating good income for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My day is always occupied with so many activities that I seldomly rest. Every morning, I set out on a ten-kilometer journey to sell palm wine. I return home in the afternoon and embark on the endless household chores. The evening is the only time that I get to rest and soothe my painful back.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Raising school fees for my 5 children is the most difficult encounter. It is very hard for them to keep up with their studies as they are sent home frequently. In a good month, they miss school for three days, which means it gets worse sometimes. This has affected their performance and they have recorded a tremendous drop.