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20000 KES ($195 USD)
access_time 8 days ago
Do you have any new goals that you didn't have before receiving the transfer?
I currently depend on domestic jobs which are very rare to come by and sometimes not available at all. This kind of job has led me into a lot of debts just to provide for my family. To put all these behind me, I am planning to start a cloth selling business at a nearby market with the help of a friend who has promised to guide me. I will use my next transfers to purchase the stock and pay for the required licence.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
I was always stressed about raising money to clear the debts I owed people. It was tough always hearing what my neighbours said about me behind my back because I was not able to pay back their debts in time that we had agreed.Ever since I received the money which I used to repay the loans,I have been stress free and look a lot happier than before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used some of the money I received to clear some debts I had such as my children's school fee arrears, loans from my table banking group and loans from my neighbours. I also paid my rent which was due for two months, sent some of the money to my mother to purchase medication for her chronic condition then spent the remaining amount on foodstuff.
Describe the moment when you started receiving transfers. How did you feel?
On that particular day, I received the money, had no money to buy the daily household requirements such as food because I did not earn much money the previous day from the domestic jobs that I do. I was so excited that immediately after praying to thank God for such a miracle, I left the house to withdraw the money at a nearby M-pesa Agent to buy breakfast and other foodstuff for the whole day.
access_time 2 months ago
What do you plan to do with the cash transfer?
My mom is diabetic and has kidney failure due to this am uneasy and therefore would want to give a hand just to see her improving,she has been like this for a while now. I would want to invest in a new business of selling 2nd hand clothes(mtumba) after having a discussion with a close friend of mine and we agreed that once we secure finances we will start this business. Due to heavy debts I would also want to clear them at least to set me free, so far I have two children and for a while now have been unable to at least provide enough clothing for them. I would want them to look neat like children who really have parents.
Describe your biggest worry.
My top concern is debts because they make one get ashamed and lack of growth.People you owe will backbite you as if you killed someone,debts also makes one not to grow for you always do subtraction sums and as we all know you can go knowwhere with such kind of life. Personally I have this huge debts and really makes me uneasy and am hoping to clear it very soon. I really hate debts.
What are your greatest ambitions?
Once have stabilized my business and have continuous flow of income, I would want to buy myself a land to secure my family. My husband and I have no definite place we can call home so am trying to make both ends meet for both of us. Once I have this land we'll build a permanent home.
Describe your usual day. How do you spend your time?
Currently I have no steady source of income so I do home chores and take care of my family once am done I watch television while listening to music, I sometimes go visit my pals exchange thoughts and ideas on how to run and develop our families. We also prepare meals after discussions and share amongst us to facilitate strong bond between us.