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53075 KES ($520 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The joy and peace of mind that I have gained from paying my children school fees with GiveDirectly's transfer is a life changer. I am glad that through this entire year they got to attend school consistently which improved their performance unlike before where they stayed home for one month while we looked for money when school was in session. For instance , paying for my two children's who are in secondary school fees has allowed them to have humble time for their studies . In addition , acquiring goats is a security for my children's education . Therefore , I am hopeful that through selling the off springs of the goats in future their education and other needs will be taken care of.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion , GiveDirectly giving help in form of money was very eye catching to me and personally it was inspirational . This is because I got to improve the living standards of my household through acquiring livestock which I did not have and paid school fees for my two children as well . I do not see where GiveDirectly went wrong at its work .
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I bought two goats with part of the second transfers. I made a decision to do so because I know they will reproduce and in case an of any emergency I shall opt to sell some of the off spring . I restocked my spouses business of selling livestock . With the remaining amount I paid school fees for my two children who are in secondary school . This year , I feel good because I settled most of the arrears on time .
55000 KES ($548 USD)
access_time over 3 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Now having my children in school am stress free as I know after i got my second transfer I will clear their fees till they graduate. Again we are living a happy life since we got furniture in our house which we didn't have before. Whenever we have a visitor we have comfortable seats to sit on and this wouldn't have been possible without GD.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment we got the money from Give Directly, we thank God and Give Directly for the money as we had no food and school fees for our child who had been sent home for fees. Immediately we purchased some food and clear the school fee balances which gave us a peace of mind to do other things.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
Our first transfer which we got from GD we spent to buy two goats, solar light lamp and some furniture. We spent some cash to pay school fees for our children in school and the rest to buy two sacks of maize for consumption since we had food shortage. I spent KES 5000 to buy cereals for sale, which is a new venture which I started after receiving the transfer.
access_time over 3 years ago
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing in life is lack of money to pay school fees for my children. If I am unable to raise the required amounts they may have to drop out of school and this will make me very unhappy.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when my children come from school. They usually show me their school work as I also encourage them to work hard and help them with their homework. Whenever I spend time with my children I always feel very happy.
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to clear school fee arrears for my children and spend the remaining cash to start a small business in order to have a sustainable source of income.This will bring alot of happiness and joy to my family.