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Rael's family
Rael
landscapeCountry:
kenya
workOccupation:
Street trading - food (self-employed)
faceAge:
27
workCampaign
FSD / Urban Youth
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3997 KES ($39 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I did not have any source of income before I started receiving the transfers which forced me to always depend on my husband financially. This limited my financial decisions because it was impossible to budget on what I was not certain I would be given. The difference in my life currently is that I am financially independent because I was able to start a doughnuts business when I started receiving the transfers where I earn a daily income. It also feels great to be able to assist in paying the household bills and taking off some burden off my husband.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life?
Last year, I purchased a solar lighting system on credit which I left back home where we still do not have access to electricity. I am required to pay off the rest of the money on the solar in monthly instalments which I mostly do using my monthly transfers. At the moment, I do not have any new plans other than to keep paying for the solar so that by the time the project ends, I will have completed the entire payment because I know that it will be tough to raise the money from my small doughnuts business.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The most recent transfer I received came at a time when my family was planning to travel upcountry for the Christmas Holidays and there was need to purchase new clothes and shoes for the children. The whole amount was therefore spent on new clothes and shoes that really lifted my children's spirit and put them in the best moods for the Holidays.
 
12th Payment
Transfer Amount
3997 KES ($39 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different from how it was in that, I have peace of mind. I no longer quarrel about money with my husband because I restored a business that had collapsed a few months ago. The business is currently doing well. I normally sell chapatis and however little I get from this business, it is better than asking for it elsewhere. I am glad because I do not depend on him for everything like I used to do that in most cases resulted in a lot of conflict and misunderstanding. At least I have started making some progress and adding value to my home, for instance, I recently bought a solar lantern through monthly installment. I known that this will help my family.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life?
I do not have additional goals because I have to finish repaying for the solar lantern loan. I am afraid of even starting a business since it is also a risk, I may end up losing both the capital and end up not paying the loan also. I don't want to take that risk. I might find myself in big trouble in case I try doing that.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent part of my transfer on repaying for a solar lantern loan that I took on installment. I want to finish repaying the amount because their is no other way that I can repay the amount. I can also not think of another project because it will be drained by the loan that I have to pay. Once I am done paying the loan, I can then think of what project could be liable with the amount of capital I will have accumulated at that time.
 
8th Payment
Transfer Amount
5000 KES ($49 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
We have a house back in the village where we stay when we visit especially during the holidays. Since we do not spend most of our time there, we never invested in most of the household items such as seats due to low income and more critical responsibilities. This would force us to borrow such items whenever we visited, which was not quite pleasant, so recently, I was able to save from my transfers and bought a set of sofa for the house which would not have been possible without the transfers.
Do you have any new or additional goals for your life?
My husband has no land where he would construct his own house once he leaves his father's compound, so my he has been saving so that he can buy a piece of land back in the village where they are still affordable. My plan is to use my transfers to revive the doughnuts business I put on pause to organize my mother's send-off after she passed away last month then focus on joining hands with my husband to maximize the savings so that we can reach the target amount before the end of the transfers.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
When my mother passed away a couple of months ago, I was in dire need of cash for my transportation to the village to attend the funeral, so I took a loan from my mobile banking services because I had no other option. I was not able to repay the loan in time because I still had some other emergencies to take care of such as school fees, but I did so using part of this month's transfer to avoid an accumulation of interest. I used some of the money pay school fees for my children and spent the rest on foodstuff.
 
4th Payment
Transfer Amount
5000 KES ($50 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
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Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
Buying a motorbike is a goal that the transfers inspired. I am planning to get a motorbike that will bring me daily earnings. I am projecting that the daily earnings that I get from my business together through savings through table banking will help me do the same.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my life is that I used the transfers to expand my eatery business. I now earn double the profit I used to earn before receiving the transfer. It gives me joy to see it growing and it makes me aspire to get better and better. The proceeds have also helped me raise money to pay the hospital bill for my mother who is ailing. I am also able to pay bills and get extra to save.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent the whole amount of the most recent transfer to pay for my mother's hospital bill. She was diagnosed with throat cancer and has since been hospitalized. The bill is on me since I am the only child.
Describe the moment when you started receiving transfers. How did you feel?
It was around 5 am when I received a message notifying me that I had received the transfer. At that time I was already awake and was preparing food for my customers. The excitement at that time was immeasurable since it felt like an answered prayer. I immediately went on my knees to thank God for that miracle.
 
Enrolled
access_time 3 years ago
 
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
First I prioritize like that because I would like to buy a motorcycle so that I can have an operating business that I can get daily income. Secondly, buy at least two rooms and even rent one within Margaret and lastly pay school fees for my children so that they don't miss school as education is important.
Describe your biggest worry.
My top concern is my family and especially my children. Am always worried if they don't go to school and have food on the table because it will mean I have fail as a parent. Secondly, am concerned about achieving my goals in the future so that I can be able to support my family and lastly, providing daily subsistence to my family is another concern that worries me slot as a parent.
What are your greatest ambitions?
My ambition is life is to have a beautiful and peaceful home and family. I value family and I believe with a family one grows a stronger and better person.
Describe your usual day. How do you spend your time?
Once I wake up I prepare my children for school then do my household chores after which I go look for laundry work that I normally do. After am done and am free I just have chats with my neighbors as I wait to prepare supper in the evening.