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Kadzo
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25th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Initially, I had a goal of buying goats, and I'm pleased to say that I've already acquired six goats through GiveDirectly transfers. Therefore, in the coming year and beyond, my major plan is to focus on paying school fees for my four children. Since I joined a merry-go-round where we contribute $20 monthly, my plan is to divert this money towards paying fees for my school-going children. I always prioritize their fees because I want them to have a good time so that they can concentrate on their schoolwork. The remaining amount I will spend on buying food and clothes for them to ensure they eat well and look neat. I am really grateful for this support because it has uplifted my life positively.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have four school-going children, so when I recently received my transfers, I prioritized paying their school fees to ensure they wouldn't be sent home for fee balances hence I allocated $25 for this purpose. Additionally, I spent $22 on buying food to ensure my children wouldn't go hungry. Having enough food brings me peace of mind, knowing my children are well-fed. With the remaining amount, I decided to buy two goats worth $55. I chose goats because they multiply quickly, and I can sell them if I ever face financial difficulties, such as being unable to pay my children's school fees. Thus I am very grateful for the financial support since it has eased my financial burden.
 
22nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($24 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I'm determined to ensure that my children stay in school and complete their education, investing part of the money into their school fees and requirements. Additionally, I aim to expand my livestock rearing venture, using a portion of the transfers to purchase more animals. With a constant source of income from the livestock, I hope to provide stability for my family and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Thanks to GiveDirectly. With $39.5 from the monthly cash transfers, I managed to pay school fees and buy school requirements for my two children, who are currently in school. It's a blessing, as not so long ago, my spouse and I were both without jobs, and without this support, our children might have been forced to stay home due to lack of school fees. Using a portion of the transfer, I decided to purchase livestock, spending $53.5. This would be source of income when times are tough. With six goats now I feel a sense of security knowing we have something we can sell. I then spent $4 on food; thankfully, we didn't need much since we had done some farming. To top it off, I managed to save $5 from the transfer, a step towards building a more stable future. I'm grateful for the assistance from GiveDirectly; without it, we wouldn't have been able to invest in livestock, a decision that will change our lives for the better.
 
17th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
As I said as a subsistent farmer I do not make any financial gain from my trade, I depend on my husband. His work is also so seasonal and this means that not all times that he has cash. So my hope was to become a goat farmer because animals reproduce very fast and that means I might be able to get kid goats to sell. This will come in handy at the times when my husband is stick and we have an urgent need such as our children's school fees which one being in secondary school and the other almost finishing primary to join Junior high.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a small time farmer, all I harvest goes into the food we eat with my two children. I do not have any other source of income and hence I depend on my husband for finances. He is a cook in Southern Sudan. I have wanted goats for a long time but I was only able to afford buying them on receiving my transfers. I spent $35 in July, $25 in August and $35 in September to buy goats. I also paid for the education of my children at $9 from my August transfers.
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I aim to improve my living standards by purchasing more chickens and utilizing their offspring to generate income. Once the chickens multiply, I will sell them and invest in goats. As the goats mature, I will sell them as well, using the profits to establish my own shop. Through this progression, my life will experience significant improvement, allowing me to cater to the needs of my neighbors and elevate my financial stability. This transformation will create a brighter and more prosperous future for my family.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My journey is fueled by love and determination to create a better life for my family. Education remains a priority, ensuring a brighter future for my children. A portion of $15 is dedicated to my children's school fees, sparking anticipation and gratitude within me. However, the persistent ache of hunger cannot be ignored, $10 will be utilized to provide nourishment, replacing empty bellies with contentment. The thought of seeing satisfaction on my children's faces fuels my empathy and unwavering resolve. In addition, I am eager to cultivate a thriving farm that sustains us. With $4, I sow seeds in my farm and envisioning abundant harvests. Each day spent tending to the soil fills me with purpose and anticipation, as perseverance becomes my guiding force. I am also planning to use the remaining amount of $5 to buy two chickens that I can invest with the two that I already have.With every step forward, fueled by these emotions, we draw closer to a brighter tomorrow and belief that a better life awaits us.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Normally, whenever the year begins, I always tend to come up with achievable goals. Therefore, at the begining of the year, I developed two main goals. The first goal was to focus on saving part of my monthly transfer and use it to pay school fees for my daughter who is in form four. Secondly, I aim to raise more livestock. Since my enrollment in the cash transfer program, I have so far bought three goats. As they increase in number, life will become less burdensome since I will be able to meet some of the family's needs with little struggles.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Immediately after I received my most recent transfer, I spent $6 on food for my family. We are staying three people in my household, and we had run out of food. Since I am a housewife, I only rely on my husband whose wages had delayed then. Secondly, since I have a daughter in Secondary school who had a school fee balance of $160, I spent $24 to reduce her fee arrears. I am glad that she has been able to focus on her studies with minimal disturbances. I am grateful to GiveDirectly for the support.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The only provider in my family is my husband. He is a cook at a local fast food joint. Since the company is not well established, he receives a meager salary that would only be enough to provide the family with one meal. We occasionally have to skip meals because we don't have enough money to buy food. My son, a first-grader, was expelled from school three days before I got my transfer because of unpaid school fees. I gave him $5 so he could return to school and continue his studies. In addition, I spent $25 on bulk food purchases. I bought 500 grams of tea leaves, 1 kg of beans, 1 kg of sugar, and 10 packets of maize flour. We knew that by buying food in bulk, we would have plenty to eat for the upcoming two weeks.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Drought has rely taken a toll on us and I can assure you before meeting GiveDirectly, most of us thought that we would perish from starvation because we could not farm since it never rained and we barely have jobs that earn as enough money so sustain our families. That is why I definitely support this program and speak for most of the population back in the village when I say that this organisation has done an awesome job and we are grateful
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
The funds were just recently to me, so I have not yet utilised the funds but I definitely know how I plan on spending it. First thing I plan on going is buying a goat but since most of then are some how pricey I will buy the kid since it goes for about KES 2,000 which I can afford. The whole idea I have is to invest on farm animals and let them breed then after I can always offer them to the market since they are always on demand. Afterwards I plan to use KES 700 and purchase five packets of maize flour while the remaining balance of KES 300 I will buy beans, tomatoes and a kilogram of sugar. Nutrition is a challenge from time to time that is why I will acquire these items.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was planning on how we would take breakfast and skip lunch since I could not afford three meals a day. My phone was off and charging, not knowing GiveDirectly had some good news for me. It was until a neighbour came to me and asked whether I had received money from GiveDirectly. I hurriedly unplugged my phone and the first message was a mpesa notification informing me that I had received my first transfer. I could not hold back the joy I felt, I could now buy food and enjoy three meals with my family.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The transfer helped me to buy enough food for my family. My husband who is the breadwinner was sometimes unlucky in securing the casual jobs he does. We had to skip meals so as to save on expenditure. I am happy that when I received the transfer, food was my priority thus I bought enough that could last for some weeks. This gave me ample time to save money to help us in case another need arises.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent Ksh 700 of my first transfer on buying food such as maize flour for my family. I thank GiveDirectly because I can now afford three meals a day unlike before when we could stay without food. In addition to this, my son was resuming school and the uniform he wore was tattered and in bad condition. When I received the transfer, I bought a new school uniform for him to look neat like his fellow students.
 
Enrolled
access_time over 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My main focus now when I receive these transfers is to educate my children. One who is in secondary school has been in and out of the school because of fees. I feel so bad when his learning is disrupted since I do not have money to sort it out. Receiving these transfers, therefore, means that my children will study without any disruption. For me to make sure that this is achieved, I plan to be paying the money every month until the time they will finish their studies.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Putting a meal on the table every day is not a guarantee which sometimes is frustrating and stressful because children do not understand but I am still grateful for the fact that my health and that of my children is good.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Since the beginning of the drought getting clean water and food has been challenging. I struggle to feed my children by doing odd jobs but this is still not enough because aside from food expenses there is also water to be bought. Life is becoming more and more expensive every day. It is frustrating that there is nothing that I can do to change the situation because aside from the drought contributing to this there is also the poor economy that has made food commodities rise.