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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 18 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I would want to see my children prosper in their education, and therefore my is to educate my children to a level that I could. I would ensure that part of every month’s transfer is sent to the school to clear any remaining balance. I would also want to buy livestock that would be of great help to me in the future in case of emergencies.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have several children, some are in secondary school while others are in primary school, and getting money to cater for their needs had been a great challenge. Recently some of them were sent home for school, a situation that made the stay at home for some time. Luckily, I received the transfers from GiveDirectly that enabled me to settle part of the school fees and I managed to pay KES. 2000. With the remaining amount and considering the tough situation and the ongoing drought, I bought food worth KES. 1470. I was so happy and felt a great relief.
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The transfer came at a time when I needed it the most. This is because I was admitted in hospital for 2 weeks due to an eye problem. I had huge medical bills to pay before being allowed to go home. I used the $30 I received from Givedirectly plus my personal saving to clear all the bills. At the moment, I am happy that I am feeling better and was allowed to go home courtesy of the transfers. Additionally, Having seven children that I got with my two wives who are still schooling, both in secondary and primary school. I used $30 to pay part of their fee arrears, making sure that they do not miss classes like before. I agreed with the teachers to be paying $20 part of the transfers which I am receiving every month.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
As the family provider, I have always relied on making charcoal to earn a living. It takes nearly two weeks to cut tree stumps and heat them to produce charcoal, which delays my income. Even after waiting so long to sell, the most I can make in two weeks is KES 1,200. This amount is insufficient to purchase food and pay for the children's school fees. As a result, my five children are frequently absent from school due to unpaid fees, and the family runs out of food at least twice a week. This is why I spent KES 2,600 from the transfer to settle the outstanding school fee balances, and my children have been able to continue their studies uninterrupted. In addition, I acquired food with the remaining funds, which has lasted my family to this day.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
The most important aspect that I have witnessed having impacted me mostly through GiveDirectly and the funds they offer, is that I have managed to keep my children in school and help them continue to get and education since were it not for the funds this would be a struggle like it has been in the past where my kids had to stay home for weeks before I could afford to send some of them to school, while the others waited until I got more money. I am grateful that now the situation is not as dire as it was before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After I received my first transfers I used the most part of it to clear the debts I had in tuition fee and then used the rest to cater for food which was about KES 400. When it comes to the most recent transfers that I received, I did not deviate much in usage whe n it is in comparison to the first funds I received. Three days prior to receiving the money four of my children had been kicked out of school because I had a huge debt in school fees that I was yet to clear, so a day later after receiving the money I gave them KES 2,000 to pay for a portion of the pending debt in school fees. I was left with KES 1,000 where I used KES 500 and bought about four packets of maize flour and used the reaming balance to buy three chicks in order to begin poultry farming.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The day the money came I actually did not realise immediately that the money had arrived because I had taken my phone to the closest town for charging since I did not have electricity in my home. I saw the message at around 2 pm and I was very much excited because I was almost sure I would go to bed on an empty stomach that night since they was no meal in my home.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Honestly with my old age I can barely get work to even provide for myself and family at times but GiveDirectly has given me a slight chance to fend and provide for my family. My children managed to go back to school and were it not for the money I received they would have probably stayed home for the longest time possible so I am grateful.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I had been going through some financial difficulties before receiving the funds which almost seems to be my norm since I barely have a job and I struggle to cater for my family. So when I received the money I decide to first take care of tuition fee for two of my kids since they had not attented school for three days now just because I had no money to clear the debt they had in school. I therefore gave them KES 500 to be split among them equally of which did not mean the debt was cleared but they could be allowed back to class for the mean time. As for what was remaining I went ahead and bought five packets of maize flour so that I could manage to feed my family and myself because we completely had nothing in the house. It cost me around KES 625 and to that point my money was done.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Should I receive this money I would spend it to buy food for family of nine. I used to be a subsistence farmer but since draught started two years ago I haven't done any farming. It's been really tough to feed my family of nine from the income I have been generating burning charcoal.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I'm always happy whenever I manage to get enough food to feed my family of nine. Food is already scarce and money extremely hard to come by. But whenever I get to burn charcoal and sell it, it really feels good because that can take me for long enough while still providing for my family depending on how many bags I sold
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Draught is still the major hindrance to my progress because as a mixed farmer, I ndeed rains to be able to get pasture and water for my cattle. Most of the days I have to go to grazing fields that are about as far as five kilometres while crop farming is already completely dead.