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18th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 20 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I aim to start rearing goats in the coming year and beyond. However, I have not been able to buy any as of now due to financial constraints for my two grandchildren and food. As the main provider for the family, I have not had the chance to save for buying livestock. Despite this, I still believe that I can save, even if it means forgoing other needs. This is because once the transfers end, this livestock will allow me to raise funds for the needs of my family, serving as a source of future income.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am typically the sole provider for my family, which includes my husband, daughter, and two grandchildren. My daughter is physically disabled and, as such, is limited from working to raise funds to support her two children. My husband is also advancing in age and unable to work. Therefore, I have been primarily responsible for caring for the two school-going children. However, I do not have a stable source of income and usually rely on casual jobs like working on people’s farms. Therefore, the cash transfers have been instrumental, particularly in paying for their fees. Recently, one of them joined junior high school and needed new materials. I spent $34 on his school uniforms, shoes, bag, and books. Additionally, I spent $17 on tuition for both of them. I am pleased that they remained undisturbed in school throughout the term. Furthermore, I allocated $28 to repair a wall of my house, which had been damaged by heavy rainfall towards the end of last year. The remaining amount went towards purchasing food to ensure that we never went hungry.
 
14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($23 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My desire has always been to own livestock. However, financial constraints, particularly related to school fees, have been a barrier. As my daughter depends on me to support her two kids due to her physical challenge, I have been spending most of the cash transfers on their school needs and food. One of the children is set to join junior high school next year and I wish to focus on saving funds for her admission requirements. After that, I wish to be able to start buying livestock like goats and chickens. I believe that owning livestock will build me enough wealth in the future that will prove useful in supporting the needs of my family once the cash transfers cease.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Whenever I receive cash transfers, I usually plan to allocate funds for the school fees of my two grandchildren. Their mother, my daughter, is physically challenged and unable to work to provide for their needs. As one of them is set to join junior high next year, requiring new uniforms, I had to set aside $15 for that purpose. Additionally, I settled a fee balance of $25 at their school, ensuring they progressed well with no disruptions. Being the sole provider, I used to engage in charcoal making but shifted my focus to farming when the rains started. However, the recent planting did not yield much, leading to concerns about food in my household. To address this, I used $29 from the recent transfers to acquire food. This ensured that my family hardly went without eating. I also spent $11 to plow my farm in preparations for planting as the short rains season had begun. There was also a time when I invested $20 in purchasing four hens for rearing. Unfortunately, they all perished from coccidiosis, but I am still determined to start again.
 
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
In the coming year and beyond, I plan to purchase livestock such as goats and poultry, raise them, and sell them to meet my financial needs. I am currently farming maize, and I believe I will have enough harvest to ensure food security in my household. Once the food problem is resolved, I will be able to use the transfer on other projects. I have wanted livestock for a long time, but I could not afford to buy any because of financial constraints. Owning livestock, such as goats, is a good and viable project for me that can assist me when I face a financial challenge.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am relieved that my two grandsons are now comfortably enrolled in school as a result of the recent transfers. Previously, I had difficulty paying for them on time, so they were frequently sent home due to lack of fees. Their mother is in my care as well because she is disabled and mentally ill and is unable to care for them. Also, my husband was the sole breadwinner until he became ill six years ago. As a result, he is unable to work and is entirely dependent on me. My financial situation has deteriorated over time as a result of my reliance solely on subsistence farming. Also, as a source of income, I occasionally burn and sell charcoal, but it does not pay well. My meager earnings could only last a few days. On other days, my family and I could go without food. Receiving the transfer was a huge relief for me because it allowed me to adequately provide for my family in addition to paying fees for my grandsons. I purchased enough food, such as maize flour, to ensure that my household has enough food.
 
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 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?
With all the difficulties I face in life, I pray that one day I might be able to overcome them. I have five children and one of them is disabled; the rest are really struggling to make ends meet for themselves and their families. I currently do not have a stable job and the only thing I desire most is to operate my own business. I want to start selling vegetables to my locals so that I get profit and ensure that all my grandchildren are in school and complete their studies with good grades and on timely bases. I also want to be stable financially so that I stop boring money from my neighbors when I lack something to eat.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband is seldom able to provide for our family due to his severe illness. Over the past six years, he has been ill and I have been taking care of him and my daughter who is disabled. I also take care of all of her children's needs and that makes me the breadwinner of my family. I simply pray to God for good health and the ability to go look for a good job to sustain my family. Life has been difficult and I thank God that my husband and I are GiveDirectly's beneficiary. The moment I receive my transfers, I immediately think of paying my grandchildren school fees because their mother is unable to do so. She has two children one in grade six and the other in grade three. I paid their tuition fees at $15 together with the fun day they had at school which did cost me $3 and bought them exercise books at $6 to be writing down all the important notes. The remaining amount of $10 I bought food that sustained them for two weeks as they work hard and study in school.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES
access_time over 1 year ago
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In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
Givedirectly has helped the villagers have plans for the future. A lot of group saving has been happening which enables one to start a business.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am the breadwinner of my family ever since my husband succumbed to leprosy in 2020. He used to wash cars for a living getting $5 a day, which would help to buy food for the family. Before he got sick, I had a charcoal business that was doing well, I would pay school fees for my children. When my husband got ill I stopped working and unfortunately, all my children dropped out of school. I have five children, four daughters and a son, three of my daughters are married and my son is working in the nearby town. He sends money to me but not as often as I would wish. I live with my last born daughter who is physically disabled, she was once married but she dissolved her marriage and came back home with two of her daughters. My husband and I depend on this money. I spent the current transfer to buy food at $15 and paid for my granddaughters' school fees which cost $15.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($10 USD)
access_time over 1 year ago
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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was at home at around 9.00 a.m. cleaning my compound when I heard a message alert. I gave my husband the phone to confirm the content of the text because I do not know how to read. I felt so happy when he confirmed that I had received some money from GiveDirectly.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Paying school fees and buying food for the family are my biggest differences. My grandkid had stayed at home for three days due to a lack of money for school fees and, therefore, settling part of the arrears using GiveDirectly’s transfer enabled her to report back and continue with her studies. Besides, my family was relieved from hunger through the foods I bought using the remaining portion of the transfer. I am so grateful to GiveDirectly for the financial support.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am a mother of two and live with my husband and one grandchild. I used to burn and sell charcoal for survival though the business stalled due to the increased cost of living. My spouse whom we used to depend on as the family’s sole breadwinner has been ill for six months forcing us to turn to his brothers and relatives for survival. Life has not been easy since the day he fell sick. We have been finding it difficult to afford proper daily meals and could sometimes even sleep hungry due to a lack of food. Using my GiveDirectly transfers, I paid KES 500 school fees for my grandchild who had been at home for three days due to a lack of school fees. I also bought food for KES 700 to cushion us against the hunger that we experienced for three days.
 
Enrolled
access_time almost 2 years ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I have two grandchildren who are often sent back home due to a lack of school fees. Receiving this money means clearing all their school fees arrears which are 3,500 KES and I will also use some of the transfers to buy goats so that my husband can look after them as most of the time he is at home doing nothing as she is suffering from leprosy.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Once I heard Give directly was coming to my village. I felt happy as I knew I was going to be relieved of this burden.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
This is the third year consecutively we have harvested nothing as the maize ends up withering and drying up every season due to a lack of rains. My husband is suffering from leprosy and he cannot do any work to earn a living, he was my breadwinner and now he depends on me for everything and the situation was compounded by my daughter who has a disability though she was impregnated and has two children which they all depend on me. Sleeping hungry is part of us.