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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is now different in that I now have a sustainable income to support my family from the clothes business that I started with my first transfers. My family is now assured of something to eat everyday, especially with the nature of the inconsistent income that my husband has to face most months.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life?
My new goal is to add a second stall for a second hand clothes business, alongside this one that I currently have. I hope to own two or more stalls for second hand clothes in future so I can increase my income.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent my most recent transfer to purchase a cow in my rural home in Migori County. The cow cost me 30000 KES. The cow will be reared in my rural home with the hope that it can procreate and produce more cattle or even milk for sale. I spent the remaining part of my transfers to pay for transport to my home and back and also to purchase food in my house. Currently, I run a clothes business here in Kosovo village in my neighborhood in Mathare. I used to own a restaurant here in Kosovo village, until the month of September last year, 2018, when one of the common fires in Mathare struck the structure where I ran the restaurant from, and it burned down. I lost everything. I have been in the house with nothing to do and no income for my family in the month of October as I counted my losses from the fire. It is in the month of November of the same year, 2018, that I was able to secure a stall and begin a second hand clothes business in Kosovo village, from the first transfers that I received from Give Directly. My clothes business is picking up well and I am able to provide the basic needs for my family. My husband does casual jobs, mainly construction jobs which can be hard to come-by. Most months he has no income or very little income. But this business has supported my family and I am happy I can get some income everyday.
20000 KES ($195 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I am planning to construct a permanent stall where I can comfortably sell the clothes to avoid the monthly payments on this rental stall which is very costly to enable me maximize my profits. I will also use some of the money to construct a semi-permanent house back at home because we currently don't have one which hinders us from visiting as frequent as we would wish to due to fear of inconveniencing our relatives.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since I lost my business, I had been living in sorrow because I was unable to raise the money to either revive my business or to start another one. The fact that my husband's jobs could not sustain our family only added more agony. Now that I have started another business, I am happier because my family is almost back to normal again. I have managed to pay our rent and I believe that soon, I will also be able to clear the debts that I took during that stressful period.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I had a hotel in my area which I had been operating for the last one year, unfortunately, it caught fire a month ago and that is how I lost everything. I was forced to stay at home because I had no money to restart the business as I had lost all my equipment in the fire. When I received money from GD, I decided to use most of it to start a second-hand clothes business because the money was not enough to revive the hotel business which needed quite a huge capital. I spent the remaining amount on foodstuff because it had been a while before we had any decent meals due to lack of money as my husband also depends on casual jobs which are very irregular.
Describe the moment when you started receiving transfers. How did you feel?
All I did every day since I lost my business was to ask God to help me get back on my feet again and the moment I received the money, I knew He had done it. I was very grateful and immediately prayed to thank God for the miracle He had done to me through GD.
access_time 5 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
She needs security for her products and have a kind of formal way of doing business. Buying a fridge would mean prevention methods of her products whereas creating employment.
Describe your biggest worry.
My top concern is theft and crime because the area I live is highly known for this kind of activities and I feel uneasy since I have a family as well my business in the same location... I hope I can be in a better place in future.
What are your greatest ambitions?
I would want to get away from this poverty level and go beyond my imagination of which I know it's through doing what I can do best(running my small milk business) .
Describe your usual day. How do you spend your time?
Normally I do my house chores and have humble time with my family then go for service of which I mingle with my friend from the church. I also play games on my phone.