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5th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
This year, I want to construct a house. I'm pleased to report that I have purchased eleven iron sheets and have money set up for five more. There will be no need for a larger residence because I live alone. Once I have the required sixteen pieces of iron sheets, I will go out and buy wood, nails, and construction labor. In order to make the house more stable than a mud house, I will later plaster it. I'll be proud and feel independent once my ambition is realized.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I had two kids, but they all passed away a while back. My spouse and I later divorced, and since then, I have been living alone. My house collapsed, but I lacked the resources to build a replacement and could not afford to do so. Later, I found work in the village as a restaurant server, where I make $15 per month. Fortunately, the employer gave me a house where I have been living. I was delighted when I learned I enrolled in the program because I thought at last my dream of owning a home would come true. I thus purchased eleven pieces of iron sheeting for $95 using the transfers from the previous three months in order to build a dwelling. I bought food for seven dollars.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($28 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I had 2 children but unfortunately they all passed away. I move up and down to make ends meet so as to sustain myself as there is no one that depends on me. I make a living by selling chips, chapati, mangoes and in the process make a profit of $2 a day and at times I even go home without selling anything. I want to save enough so as to be able to expand my business and increase my profit. I am really grateful to GiveDirectly for the transfer that they give without any strings attached to it.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have started a project of building my own house and right now I have bought 10 metal sheets costing $95 each. Every time I receive a transfer, I make sure to save aside $10 to buy some metal sheets and wood. I have a plan of completing my house and ensuring that the house is in a good state. I spent $6 on food because we had nothing to eat.The effect of the drought has been severe and food is quite expensive. The remaining amount of $19 I was able to add to my existing business.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Givedirectly is doing a great job helping us, right now we are in a drought season and livestock are dying due to lack of food and water. Most of the villagers are using the money to buy food which we are grateful for.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I was born in Mnazimumwenga village in Kilifi county in 1973, my parents did not have money to take me to school. I would help my mother with chores such as washing clothes, going to the market, and fetching water for the family. My mother passed on years later and I was left with my father who took care of me with my five siblings, three sisters, and two brothers. Years later I got married but unfortunately, we separated from my husband after the death of my two children who succumbed to illness. I moved out of my matrimonial house and rented a place where I sell fast food snacks such as tea, fried potatoes, and porridge. I started the business with $ 50 and since then I have been making a profit of $3 a day on a good day and $2 on a bad day. Since I started receiving this money, I have been stocking up my fast food business. In the last transfer that I got in September, I used the money to stock up the business which cost bought cooking oil at $3, potatoes at 8.5, and flour at $6, The rest of the money was used to buy iron sheet at $6.5 that I used to rebuild a section that was leaking at the restaurant, $4 for buying chicken that I would sell them for a profit and maize flour for $2 for my consumption. Since I increased my stock I have been accumulating a profit of $5 a day where now I save for runny days
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was sitting outside my house resting after a long day of work at 4 pm. While resting I received a message notification on my phone. Upon checking it out, I realized I had received my first transfer. Emotions took the better part of me and I rose from my chair and jumped up and down in ecstasy. I wore a bright smile as I walked towards the Mpesa to draw the money.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The money from my transfer has made a huge difference in my life. I have always wanted to have a business shop of my own but due to financial constraints that have not been possible. Once the shop is ready my profit margin will rise significantly which will help me pay my bills with ease.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I run a small fast food business where I sell fries, chapati, and fried fish. I rented the business premises and the rent I pay is huge, which decreases my profit significantly. Being the sole breadwinner of my family (five children), I must provide for the essential basic needs such as food and school fees with the little I earn. When I was enrolled in the program, I was thrilled because I knew the funds would help me build my shop where I would set up a business and save on rent. Therefore, when I received my first transfer, I bought one piece of an iron sheet which I will use to build the shop in the future. I bought a chicken with the remaining KES 200 since it has been my dream to own poultry birds for a long time.
access_time 10 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I came back from my marital home due to domestic violence, what contributed to all this was the death of my children. I was devastated by this but because there was no sign of the violence ever-ending I decided to move on. At home, I did not have any means of survival or a place to sleep in. Fortunately, I managed to get a house help job at the market center that I did for a while to save some money to start a business. Though I had peace of mind at my maternal home the struggle to survive was too much, I decided to use the money I had saved to start a food vending business. Currently, I use the business premise as the place of sleeping too since I do not have a house. Receiving these transfers will however change all that because I will use the money to build a small structure where I can be spending a night as I save the rest to expand my business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I have a food kiosk at the market center, it has not been doing quite well of late and I was afraid that I might end up shutting it down. Fortunately, a friend of mine came to my rescue recently and gave me some money that I used to boost it. This brought me joy because I had already lost hope.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My food vending business used to give me good returns but currently, the inflation rate in the country has affected it. On a good day, I would make a profit of 500 KES but all these changed and nowadays the highest I could make per day is 150 KES. I am afraid at this rate I will end up closing down the business because of lack of money to add more stock. The thought of the business collapsing due to lack of capital is stressful and depressing.