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10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 23 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Right now, I'm sleeping on a bed made of sisal twine, which is very uncomfortable. I've started experiencing excruciating back pain, and as a result, my health has gotten worse. My top priority for the year is to purchase a brand-new wooden bed and a cozy mattress to sleep on. This will solve all of my issues and improve my health.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Given my age, my eldest son is primarily responsible for taking care of me. My son and I combined the money from the transfers to launch a small kiosk enterprise to sell maize flour. A healthy profit margin from this business has greatly aided my ability to meet my needs. I used all of my February transfers, along with some of my own savings, to buy two bales of maize flour that each contain 12 pieces of 2 kg of maize flour. This increased the amount of maize flour I had in stock. Business is booming, and the high demand for flour is an additional benefit for turning a healthy profit. I'm appreciative of how the money is enabling me to support myself independently of other people.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
After receiving the transfers I decided to start a small business so that it could help me sustain myself. Therefore I used KES 2,000 of the donation that I had received and started a selling sardines at the comfort of my home due to my old age. I was left with about KES 1,000 which I ended up using on buying five packets of maize flour because nutrition was a challenge.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 11 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
We are in abject poverty and the financial support was what we needed most. GiveDirectly gives us the transfers unconditionally in order to improve on lives. Thus, in my opinion, GiveDirectly has so far done well in helping us with the transfers and rescuing us from the poverty we are in. We are now able to take care of our basic needs such as buying food and paying fees for our children. These were the biggest challenges that GiveDirectly has helped us to overcome.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am glad that through the transfer, I purchased livestock which I could not afford to buy at my own cost. Currently, I have three chickens and a goat which I am keeping on my homestead. I am aged and cannot do any manual work thus having livestock is my financial security. Once they reproduce and increase in number, I can readily sell the offspring in case a financial need crops up. The transfer also enabled me to buy enough food for my family. I have been relying on my son's support but he is currently sick and indisposed. He is unable to work anymore and has a big family to take care of. I am happy that I was able to assist him in providing for the family.
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?
I was sitting outside my house in the morning hours. My neighbors passed by on their way to the shop, being thrilled. After having a brief conversation with them, they told me they had received their transfer and were going to withdraw the money. At that moment I became very anxious, and I called my grandson who checked my phone. He read the text message and informed me I had received the money, too. I was thrilled, and I murmured a small prayer to thank God.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The money has brought a big difference to my life. I now own livestock, which I never had. I am happy that soon I will have lots of them once they multiply. It gives me a sense of joy when I know I will one day become financially stable through the chicken I bought using the transfer.  
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Having received my first transfer of KSH 1200, I was very excited and I spent the money on something. I would always make me remember the excitement of receiving my first transfer. After a few days of thing through, I bought some chicken with the money. I bought three chicken at KSH 300 each. In my reasoning, the chicken would multiply after a period and when I sell some, I will use the money to buy another type of poultry or livestock. Waking up to see the chicken grow motivates me to spend the money wisely and I am optimistic that I will make good money from rearing the chicken. Besides buying the chicken, I spent the remaining KSH 300 to buy food for my family, as we had nothing to eat on that day.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My way out of poverty is to make sure I use the money in a good wisely. I have always wanted to keep goats and cows for sale but unfortunately, cows are not able to survive in this drought. I have to put all my focus on acquiring goats now because they are going at a cheaper price at the moment. These transfers will enable me to start buying goats every month at 1500KES and spend the rest of the money on food. When they multiply, my family will not have to worry about basic things anymore because I will sell them at a profit and meet basic requirements.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Walking up in good health with my family gives me joy because I don't have to worry about sickness.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Getting food and water has been my greatest challenge because of the prolonged drought. I walk for 6 hours to and fro to fetch water, at my old age doing this every day is not easy and sometimes I end up taking the whole day for one trip. I get tired and have backache in the evening because of the long distance.