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10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 11 days ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
By the time I received the transfer, I was deeply in debt at the shop where I had been getting food on credit for the previous two months. My business of buying and selling building sticks was struggling at the moment, owing to the current low demand for building materials. The rate of constructing houses in my area has recently decreased dramatically because of the high cost of living and most people would rather spend their money on food. So, the most I can make in a month is $30, which barely covers a week's worth of food for my family of 10 (my mother, my brother, his wife, their six children, and I). Even if my brother contributes to the household's requirements, what we both offer is still inadequate. That is why I am always obtaining food on credit. So, I was compelled to utilize $20 of the transfer to repay the debt and $4 to buy more food. In addition, I spent $10 on two pairs of jeans because my old ones were worn out and ripped from repetitive use; I would wear the same pants for five days in a row. Although the monthly cash transfers help us with basic needs such as food, I believe they are not enough for needs like building houses. As we speak, I need around $200 to build a new house, but I'm not sure how long that will take.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am going through a tough time taking care of myself and my family members (grandmother, mother and brother). For the past three months, I have been unsuccessful in securing a job because the jobs are scarce. This has contributed to skipping meals and often sleeping on an empty stomach. When I received my transfer, I paid off a debt of KES 1500 I owed to my friend. He lent me the money at a time I had no money to buy food for my family. I bought food with the remaining KES 1500 to add to the depleting stock of food in the house. Buying food in bulk assured me I would not go hungry soon before I can secure a job.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Give directly has done very well through cash donations as most of us can now work on some of the projects that we had put on hold. Personally, I can now build a new house for myself and also buy some food. However, if there's a possibility of getting the cash in bulk it will be of great benefit. For instance, I need 30 iron sheets for the construction of the residence. This I cannot do at once using a single transfer.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I sell tree logs for a living and each goes for KES 50. In a month, I would make between KES 400 to KES 1000. I have yet to take on a wife, leaving my mother the only dependent I have. Since I had not made any sales that week, I lacked the funds to purchase food. So for 3 days, my family and I had gone to bed on an empty stomach. Therefore, when I got the money from give directly, I used it all to purchase some nourishment for us.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
Receiving this money made me very happy and that my prayers were answered. At the time, I was working so I may earn to fend for myself. So, when I saw the message, I stopped what I was doing and immediately rushed out to buy some food for I was hungry.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
These funds really came in handy at a time when I did not have any food in my household. Even so, I am yet to note any difference in my life since it is my first transfer.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I sell building materials for thatch houses for a living. In a day, I make KES300. This has been manageable for me since I still have not taken in a wife. Other times, when I do not make any sales, I lack the funds to buy food. On this very day, when I received these funds, I was without food. So, I used the whole amount to purchase some food for myself.
access_time 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have been longing to live better lives. My dream was to open a business that I will run myself but because of the capital, it's not yet established. I cut trees for sale to earn a living but since the covid-19 pandemic existence, the market has deteriorated. I plan to save and open wood workshops to supply to different places. This is dream come true to me.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The evening is the happiest part of my day since is the time I get home and take a rest with the hope of getting a better deal the next day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Unemployment has been the most hardship in life. working as a casual laborer is stressful and tiresome. The hard work sometimes just ends up in vain since the market of my work went down since covid 19 started. I planned to marry for a long time but when I remember the financial problems I just keep on postponing it because I don't want to torture someone's daughter. The house that I reside in now is not worthy of living a human. I keep telling myself all will be well.